Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (ICPSR 36545)

Alternate Title:   JOLTS

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics


The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) is a monthly survey conducted in the United States that has been developed to address the need for data on job openings, hires, and separations. The data provided by JOLTS serve as demand-side indicators of labor shortages at the national level. Data from a sample of approximately 16,000 U.S. business establishments are collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics through the Atlanta JOLTS Data Collection Center. The JOLTS survey covers all nonagricultural industries in the public and private sectors for the 50 States and the District of Columbia. JOLTS collects and shares data on Total Employment, Job Openings, Hires, Quits, Layoffs and Discharges, and Other Separations. JOLTS provides data from as far back as December 2000.

The JOLTS database allow users to extract data by industry based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Policymakers working in the arts and culture fields will find the data on the "Arts, entertainment, and recreation" industry (NAICS code 710000) of particular interest. JOLTS has over 760 data series related to the arts industry and continues to collect data on this industry every month.

Access Notes

Study Description

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    artist employment, economic activity, economic indicators, economic trends, economics, employment, entertainment industry, industry, labor (work), labor economics, labor force, labor markets, unemployment, work

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Type(s):    administrative records data, aggregate data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

JOLTS does not provide data on the following items:

  • List of Individual Job Openings
  • Cost of Turnover
  • Tenure
  • Number of Jobs the Average Person has over a lifetime
  • Turnover Rates by Occupation

Data users can refer to the JOLTS FAQs page for additional information about topics of interest, such as the following:

  • Availability
  • Frame and Sample
  • Data definitions
  • Data Presentation
  • Reliability of JOLTS estimates

Data users can refer to the Contact JOLTS page if they require help from the staff.

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