For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, April 9, 2013 USDL-13-0625
Technical information: (202) 691-5870 • JoltsInfo@bls.gov • www.bls.gov/jlt Media contact (202) 691-5902 • PressOffice@bls.gov JOB OPENINGS AND LABOR TURNOVER – FEBRUARY 2013
There were 3.9 million
job openings on the last business day of February, up from 3.6 million in January, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The hires rate (3.3 percent) and separations rate (3.1
percent) were little changed in February. This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job
openings, hires, and separations for the non-farm sector by industry and by geographic region. Job
Openings The number of job openings in February was 3.9 million, up from January. (See table 1.) This
was the highest number of job openings since May 2008.
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There are a variety of ways to explain why the unemployment rate sits at 7.9 percent, but jobs are staying
unfilled. Many companies argue that they would love to hire more workers, but the applicants
they’ve seen don’t have the skills required for their openings. Tech companies like Microsoft say
the problem of an unskilled U.S. workforce is so severe that the U.S. should allow more highly-skilled
immigrants into the country to fill openings in science and technology.
Still, U.S. companies could probably do more to ensure they get the types of workers they need. A July
survey from the ManPower Group cited , “Bloomberg” found that American businesses were way less likely
to train workers to fill job openings than their international counterparts.