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States with the most job openings in March – Philomath News

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There were about 8.5 million open jobs in the U.S. at the end of March, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Stacker used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to rank states by their job opening rates in March, 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. March estimates are preliminary.

Though job openings are down from their peaks in early 2022, they remain much higher than in any previous decade in recent history. Job openings in March 2024 were up about 1.2 million from March 2019.

The national job openings rate was 5.1% in March—meaning around 5 in 100 jobs in the economy are unfilled. Rates were high in the leisure and hospitality sector as entertainment, accommodation, food services, and recreation establishments have begun to staff up for the busy summer season. Industries such as health care and professional/business services have also experienced high job-opening rates for months as they struggle to recruit and retain employees. Many companies with job openings report having few or no qualified applicants.

Labor market trends vary widely by locale, with job-opening rates ranging from 3.9% to 7.2% in various states. Keep reading to see where job openings in your home state rank.

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#51. California

– Job opening rate: 3.9%
– Number of job openings: 734,000

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#50. Hawai’i

– Job opening rate: 4.2%
– Number of job openings: 28,000

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#49. Ohio

– Job opening rate: 4.3%
– Number of job openings: 253,000

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#48. Iowa

– Job opening rate: 4.4%
– Number of job openings: 74,000

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#47. Arizona

– Job opening rate: 4.4%
– Number of job openings: 151,000

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#46. Washington DC

– Job opening rate: 4.5%
– Number of job openings: 36,000

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#45. Indiana

– Job opening rate: 4.5%
– Number of job openings: 154,000

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#44. Washington

– Job opening rate: 4.5%
– Number of job openings: 172,000

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#43. Nevada

– Job opening rate: 4.7%
– Number of job openings: 77,000

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#42. Utah

– Job opening rate: 4.7%
– Number of job openings: 87,000

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#41. Pennsylvania

– Job opening rate: 4.7%
– Number of job openings: 301,000

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#40. Nebraska

– Job opening rate: 4.8%
– Number of job openings: 54,000

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#39. Idaho

– Job opening rate: 4.9%
– Number of job openings: 45,000

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#38. South Dakota

– Job opening rate: 5.0%
– Number of job openings: 25,000

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#37. Connecticut

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

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#36. Missouri

– Job opening rate: 5.0%
– Number of job openings: 159,000

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#35. Tennessee

– Job opening rate: 5.0%
– Number of job openings: 177,000

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#34. Georgia

– Job opening rate: 5.0%
– Number of job openings: 263,000

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#33. Oregon

– Job opening rate: 5.1%
– Number of job openings: 107,000

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#32. Minnesota

– Job opening rate: 5.1%
– Number of job openings: 164,000

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#31. North Carolina

– Job opening rate: 5.1%
– Number of job openings: 267,000

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#30. New York

– Job opening rate: 5.1%
– Number of job openings: 532,000

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#29. North Dakota

– Job opening rate: 5.2%
– Number of job openings: 24,000

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#28. Michigan

– Job opening rate: 5.2%
– Number of job openings: 246,000

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#27. Florida

– Job opening rate: 5.2%
– Number of job openings: 543,000

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#26. Maine

– Job opening rate: 5.3%
– Number of job openings: 37,000

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#25. New Hampshire

– Job opening rate: 5.4%
– Number of job openings: 40,000

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#24. Alabama

– Job opening rate: 5.4%
– Number of job openings: 124,000

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#23. Virginia

– Job opening rate: 5.4%
– Number of job openings: 243,000

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#22. Texas

– Job opening rate: 5.4%
– Number of job openings: 807,000

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#21. Arkansas

– Job opening rate: 5.5%
– Number of job openings: 80,000

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#20. Kansas

– Job opening rate: 5.5%
– Number of job openings: 85,000

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#19. Mississippi

– Job opening rate: 5.6%
– Number of job openings: 70,000

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#18. New Jersey

– Job opening rate: 5.6%
– Number of job openings: 258,000

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#17. Vermont

– Job opening rate: 5.7%
– Number of job openings: 19,000

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#16. Kentucky

– Job opening rate: 5.7%
– Number of job openings: 123,000

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#15. Wisconsin

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

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#14. Massachusetts

– Job opening rate: 5.7%
– Number of job openings: 226,000

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#13. Wyoming

– Job opening rate: 5.8%
– Number of job openings: 18,000

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#12. Delaware

– Job opening rate: 5.8%
– Number of job openings: 30,000

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#11. West Virginia

– Job opening rate: 5.8%
– Number of job openings: 44,000

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#10. New Mexico

– Job opening rate: 5.8%
– Number of job openings: 55,000

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#9. Louisiana

– Job opening rate: 5.8%
– Number of job openings: 120,000

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#8. Rhode Island

– Job opening rate: 5.9%
– Number of job openings: 32,000

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#7. Illinois

– Job opening rate: 5.9%
– Number of job openings: 385,000

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#6. Montana

– Job opening rate: 6.0%
– Number of job openings: 34,000

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#5. Oklahoma

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

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#4. Colorado

– Job opening rate: 6.4%
– Number of job openings: 204,000

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#3. Maryland

– Job opening rate: 6.6%
– Number of job openings: 195,000

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#2. South Carolina

– Job opening rate: 6.7%
– Number of job openings: 169,000

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#1. Alaska

– Job opening rate: 7.2%
– Number of job openings: 26,000


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