According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), in November 2017 there were 1,030,000 job openings in the Northeast region, which includes New York State. This was up 1.9% from October's level of 1,011,000. (Note: JOLTS data are available nationally and regionally, but not at the state level.) At the same time, the number of unemployed in the Northeast region decreased from 1.29 million in October to 1.28 million in November 2017.
The ratio of unemployed job seekers to job openings is a useful labor market indicator. It is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed workers by the number of job openings. In November 2017, there were 1.2 job seekers per job opening in the Northeast region, down from October's level of 1.3. The region’s ratio stood at 1.4 in November 2016.
Nationally, the number of job openings decreased by 0.8% and the number of unemployed increased by 1.4% between October and November 2017. As a result, the ratio of unemployed job seekers to job openings in the U.S. was unchanged at 1.1 over this period. In November 2016, the U.S. ratio was 1.3.
At the beginning of the last national recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed job seekers per job opening stood at 2.0 in the Northeast and at 1.9 in the nation. By June 2009, the official end of the U.S. recession, the ratio was 4.3 in the Northeast region and 6.1 in the nation as a whole.
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) program produces data on job openings, hires and separations: http://www.bls.gov/jlt/
Unemployment data come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program: http://www.bls.gov/bls/unemployment.htm
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