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States with the most job openings in January

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January 24, 2024
Updated on March 25, 2024
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States with the most job openings in January

Job openings across the U.S. were down by about 26,000 in January, the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows.

At the end of the month, there were about 8.9 million open jobs nationwide. Though job openings are down from peaks in early 2022, they remain much higher than in any previous decade in recent history. Compared to January 2020, for example, the most recent monthly job openings were up by about 1.7 million.

The national job openings rate was 5.3% in January—meaning around 5 in 100 jobs in the economy are unfilled. Industries such as health care and professional/business services are experiencing even higher job-opening rates as they struggle to recruit and retain employees. Many companies with job openings report having few or no qualified applicants for the positions.

Labor market trends vary widely by locale, with job-opening rates ranging from 3.9% to 7.4% in various states. To get a more complete view, Stacker used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to rank states by their job opening rates in January, using the number of job openings as a tiebreaker when needed. BLS calculates job opening rates as the number of job openings per total jobs—filled or open—in a state. January estimates are preliminary.

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#51. Hawaii

- Job opening rate: 3.9%
- Number of job openings: 26,000

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#50. Arizona

- Job opening rate: 4.3%
- Number of job openings: 144,000

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#49. California

- Job opening rate: 4.4%
- Number of job openings: 819,000

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#48. Washington

- Job opening rate: 4.6%
- Number of job openings: 175,000

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#47. New Jersey

- Job opening rate: 4.6%
- Number of job openings: 211,000

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#46. Indiana

- Job opening rate: 4.7%
- Number of job openings: 162,000

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#45. Nebraska

- Job opening rate: 4.9%
- Number of job openings: 55,000

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#44. Arkansas

- Job opening rate: 5.0%
- Number of job openings: 71,000

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#43. Connecticut

- Job opening rate: 5.0%
- Number of job openings: 90,000

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#42. Utah

- Job opening rate: 5.0%
- Number of job openings: 91,000

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#41. Florida

- Job opening rate: 5.0%
- Number of job openings: 518,000

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#40. Nevada

- Job opening rate: 5.1%
- Number of job openings: 84,000

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#39. Wisconsin

- Job opening rate: 5.1%
- Number of job openings: 163,000

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#38. Rhode Island

- Job opening rate: 5.2%
- Number of job openings: 28,000

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#37. Texas

- Job opening rate: 5.3%
- Number of job openings: 781,000

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#36. Washington DC

- Job opening rate: 5.4%
- Number of job openings: 44,000

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#35. Kansas

- Job opening rate: 5.4%
- Number of job openings: 82,000

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#34. Massachusetts

- Job opening rate: 5.4%
- Number of job openings: 214,000

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#33. Georgia

- Job opening rate: 5.4%
- Number of job openings: 283,000

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#32. Illinois

- Job opening rate: 5.4%
- Number of job openings: 349,000

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#31. New York

- Job opening rate: 5.4%
- Number of job openings: 556,000

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#30. Vermont

- Job opening rate: 5.5%
- Number of job openings: 18,000

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#29. South Dakota

- Job opening rate: 5.5%
- Number of job openings: 27,000

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#28. New Hampshire

- Job opening rate: 5.5%
- Number of job openings: 41,000

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#27. Kentucky

- Job opening rate: 5.5%
- Number of job openings: 117,000

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#26. Michigan

- Job opening rate: 5.5%
- Number of job openings: 261,000

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#25. North Dakota

- Job opening rate: 5.6%
- Number of job openings: 26,000

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#24. Alabama

- Job opening rate: 5.6%
- Number of job openings: 129,000

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#23. Ohio

- Job opening rate: 5.6%
- Number of job openings: 334,000

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#22. Pennsylvania

- Job opening rate: 5.6%
- Number of job openings: 367,000

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#21. Idaho

- Job opening rate: 5.7%
- Number of job openings: 52,000

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#20. Iowa

- Job opening rate: 5.7%
- Number of job openings: 96,000

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#19. Minnesota

- Job opening rate: 5.7%
- Number of job openings: 183,000

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#18. North Carolina

- Job opening rate: 5.7%
- Number of job openings: 299,000

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#17. Colorado

- Job opening rate: 5.8%
- Number of job openings: 183,000

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#16. Virginia

- Job opening rate: 5.8%
- Number of job openings: 257,000

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#15. Mississippi

- Job opening rate: 5.9%
- Number of job openings: 74,000

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#14. Louisiana

- Job opening rate: 5.9%
- Number of job openings: 122,000

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#13. Tennessee

- Job opening rate: 5.9%
- Number of job openings: 209,000

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#12. Wyoming

- Job opening rate: 6.1%
- Number of job openings: 19,000

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#11. Oklahoma

- Job opening rate: 6.1%
- Number of job openings: 115,000

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#10. Maine

- Job opening rate: 6.4%
- Number of job openings: 45,000

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#9. Missouri

- Job opening rate: 6.4%
- Number of job openings: 205,000

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#8. New Mexico

- Job opening rate: 6.5%
- Number of job openings: 61,000

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#7. South Carolina

- Job opening rate: 6.5%
- Number of job openings: 164,000

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#6. Montana

- Job opening rate: 6.6%
- Number of job openings: 37,000

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#5. West Virginia

- Job opening rate: 6.8%
- Number of job openings: 53,000

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#4. Oregon

- Job opening rate: 6.8%
- Number of job openings: 143,000

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#3. Delaware

- Job opening rate: 6.9%
- Number of job openings: 36,000

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#2. Alaska

- Job opening rate: 7.0%
- Number of job openings: 25,000

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#1. Maryland

- Job opening rate: 7.4%
- Number of job openings: 219,000

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