02/12/2020 Nic Gustafson

Forecasting JOLTS with LinkUp’s jobs data

The value of job listings goes far beyond employers filling vacancies and workers finding jobs. Job listing data can provide useful insights into companies, sectors, occupations, economies, and so much more. 

In the past we’ve found correlation between LinkUp’s job listing data and common economic measures such as unemployment, the performance of the S&P 500 index, and nonfarm payroll (which we predicted with pinpoint accuracy this month.) Recently we explored LinkUp’s data and another key economic measure, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), to find another strong relationship.

JOLTS is a monthly measure of job vacancies in the U.S. conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employers answer quantitative and qualitative survey questions about their businesses’ employment, job openings, recruitment, hires, and separations to create the measure, which is used to understand unmet labor demand. 

We created a new process leveraging LinkUp data in forecasting JOLTS monthly vacancy numbers. We found that LinkUp’s JOLTS forecast demonstrated an accuracy rate of 93.8% over the past 9 months. Additionally, we are predicting a JOLTS vacancy number of 6,554,056 for January 2020. 

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