State Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job openings rates decreased in 9 states and increased in 1 state on the last business day of March, the 
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Hires rates decreased in 6 states and increased in 1 state. 
Total separations rates decreased in 5 states and increased in 1 state. Nationally, the job openings, hires, 
and total separations rates showed little change in March. 

This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, total separations, quits, and 
layoffs and discharges for the total nonfarm sector and for all states and the District of Columbia. 

Job Openings

In March, job openings rates decreased in 9 states, increased in 1 state, and were little changed in 40 
states and the District of Columbia. The largest decreases in job openings rates occurred in Arizona, 
Indiana, and South Dakota (-1.0 percentage point each). The increase occurred in New Jersey          
(+1.1 points). Over the month, the national job openings rate was little changed. (See table 1.)

The number of job openings decreased in 12 states, increased in 1 state, and was little changed in 37 
states and the District of Columbia in March. The largest decreases in the job openings level occurred in 
California (-119,000), Pennsylvania (-50,000), and Indiana (-38,000). The increase occurred in New 
Jersey (+51,000). Nationally, the number of job openings changed little. (See table 1.)

Hires

In March, hires rates decreased in 6 states, increased in 1 state, and were little changed in 43 states and 
the District of Columbia. The largest decreases in the hires rate occurred in North Carolina and 
Tennessee (-1.1 percentage points each) and in West Virginia (-1.0 point). The increase occurred in           
New Jersey (+0.8 point). The national hires rate changed little over the month. (See table 2.)

The number of hires decreased in 6 states, increased in 1 state, and was little changed in 43 states and 
the District of Columbia in March. The largest decreases in the hires level occurred in Texas (-109,000), 
North Carolina (-53,000), and Tennessee (-36,000). The increase occurred in New Jersey 
(+35,000). Nationally, the number of hires changed little over the month. (See table 2.)

Total Separations

In March, total separations rates decreased in 5 states, increased in 1 state, and were little changed in 
44 states and the District of Columbia. The largest decreases in total separations rates occurred in 
Minnesota (-1.1 percentage points) and South Carolina (-1.0 point), as well as in New Hampshire and 
Texas (-0.9 point each). The increase occurred in Alaska (+1.2 points). Over the month, the national 
total separations rate was little changed. (See table 3.)

The number of total separations decreased in 5 states, increased in 2 states, and was little changed in 
43 states and the District of Columbia in March. The largest decreases in the total separations level 
occurred in Texas (-118,000), Minnesota (-33,000), and South Carolina (-24,000). The increases 
occurred in New York (+36,000) and Alaska (+4,000). Nationally, the number of total separations 
decreased over the month (-339,000). (See table 3.)
 
Quits

In March, quits rates decreased in 6 states, increased in 2 states, and were little changed in 42 states and 
the District of Columbia. The largest decreases in quits rates occurred in South Carolina (-1.0 percentage 
point), as well as in Oregon and Washington (-0.6 point each). The increases occurred in New Jersey 
(+0.5 point) and New York (+0.4 point). Over the month, the national quits rate was little changed.   
(See table 4.)

The number of quits decreased in 7 states, increased in 3 states, and was little changed in 40 states and 
the District of Columbia in March. The largest decreases in the quits level occurred in California 
(-71,000), Texas (-39,000), and South Carolina (-23,000). The increases occurred in New York              
(+34,000), New Jersey (+24,000), and Alaska (+2,000). Nationally, the number of quits was little 
changed. (See table 4.)

Layoffs and Discharges 

In March, layoffs and discharges rates decreased in 7 states, increased in 1 state, and were little 
changed in 42 states and the District of Columbia. The largest decreases occurred in Minnesota
(-1.0 percentage point) and New Hampshire (-0.9 point), as well as in Maine and Texas                          
(-0.6 point each). The increase occurred in Pennsylvania (+0.4 point). Over the month, the national 
layoffs and discharges rate changed little. (See table 5.)

The number of layoffs and discharges decreased in 7 states, increased in 4 states, and was little 
changed in 39 states and the District of Columbia in March. The largest decreases in the layoffs and 
discharges level occurred in Texas (-78,000), Minnesota (-30,000), and New Jersey (-18,000). The 
increases occurred in Pennsylvania (+29,000), in Florida (+23,000), and in Alaska and Wyoming     
(+2,000 each). Nationally, the number of layoffs and discharges was little changed. (See table 5.)

For more information, please see the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) interactive 
charts at www.bls.gov/charts/state-job-openings-and-labor-turnover/state-job-openings-rates.htm#.  
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State Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey estimates for April 2024 are scheduled to be 
released on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

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