There were 0.7 unemployed people for every job opening in the United States in September 2021, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics lower than the pre-pandemic rate of 0.8 in January 2020.
At the peak of the pandemic in April 2020 the US ration reached 5.0 unemployed people per job opening.
The states with the highest rates of unemployed people per job opening in September 2021 were Hawaii with 1.5, California, Connecticut and New York with 1.2 and Nevada with 1.1.
Over the course of the pandemic the first places which saw the ration drop below 1 in the summer of 2020 were Nebraska, South Dakota and Vermont. In general the Midwest, New England and South East have seen labor markets recover more quickly during the course of the pandemic with the West, Southwest and Tri-State area lagging.
The lowest ratio of unemployed people per job opening in September 2021 was in Nebraska at 0.3, followed by Georgia, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Utah and Vermont with 0.4 each.