The Bureau of Labor Statistics today released its latest figures on job openings and labor turnover in the workforce, and not much changed. Through May, there were 4.67 unemployed people for every one job opening — just slightly higher than the ratio of 4.62 in April.
You can read more about it in here at the Economix blog.
The job openings report is perhaps most intriguing with its breakdown at the industry level. Professional and business services continues to have the highest job opening rate, which is “the number of job openings on the last business day of the month as a percent of total employment plus job openings,” according to the BLS. Meanwhile, state and local government has the lowest rate (1.2), but also has the lowest separation rate.
The highest job opening rate is in the Northeast (2.8), while the lowest is in Midwest (2.0).
Job posting site Indeed.com also posts industry employment trends every month. Here’s its most recent chart, showing the increase or decrease of job openings by industry. Only real estate decreased from June 2009. Job openings in healthcare saw the smallest increase, at 2%.