Started Sep 03, 2021 05:00PM UTC   •   Closing Dec 01, 2021 08:01AM UTC

Tim Harford asks:

How many job openings in the trade, transportation, and utilities industries will the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report for November 2021?

Labor shortages continue throughout the US, with a record number of job openings reported for June 2021 (US Chamber of Commerce, Yahoo, CNBC). The question will be suspended on 30 November and the outcome determined using data as first released by the BLS for November 2021, expected in January 2022 (BLS - JOLTS Release Schedule). For May 2021, the number of job openings for "Trade, transportation, and utilities" was 1,687 (in thousands) (JOLTS - June 2021, see Table A). For historical data, visit: https://www.bls.gov/jlt/. Under "JOLTS Databases," select "ONE SCREEN" from "Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS)." For "1 Select one or more Industries," select "Trade, transportation, and utilities." For "2 Select one or more States or Regions," find and select "Total US." For "3 Select one or more Areas," select "All Areas." For "4 Select one or more Data Elements," find and select "Job openings." For "5 Select one or more Size Classes," find and select "All size classes." For "6 Select Rate and/or Level," leave only "Level - In Thousands" checked. For "7 Select Seasonal Adjustment," leave only "Seasonally Adjusted" checked, then click "Get Data."

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Possible Answer Crowd Forecast Change in last 24 hours
Fewer than 1.4 million 0.00% +0.00%
Between 1.4 million and 1.6 million, inclusive 6.00% -1.00%
More than 1.6 million but fewer than 1.8 million 4.00% +0.00%
Between 1.8 million and 2.0 million, inclusive 18.00% -2.00%
More than 2.0 million but fewer than 2.2 million 23.00% +8.00%
2.2 million or more 49.00% -5.00%

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