Fri Apr 13 09:00:00 CDT 2018

Consensus Consensus Range Actual Previous
Job Openings 6.143M 6.000M to 6.350M 6.052M 6.312M

Market Consensus Before Announcement
Job openings are expected to ease back in February to a consensus 6.143 million from January's unusually strong 6.312 million. Openings have been getting further ahead of hirings suggesting that employers are having trouble finding candidates to fill slots.

The Labor Department's JOLTS report tracks monthly change in job openings and offers rates on hiring and quits. The reporting period lags other employment data including the employment situation report. The word JOLTS stands for Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey.

Although lagging the release timing of the employment situation report by a month, JOLTS provides additional information on the labor market. The payroll survey in the employment situation report provides numbers on net job changes. JOLTS breaks down labor market data into pre-net changesâ€such as job openings, hires, and separations.