BLS: Job Openings “Little Changed” in June | Risk Management

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Notes: In there were 6.662 million , and, according to the June Employment report, there were 6.564 million unemployed. So, for the third consecutive month, there were more openings than people unemployed. Also note that the number of openings has exceeded the number of hires since January 2015.

From the : Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary

The number of job openings was little at 6.7 million on the last business day of June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the month, hires and separations were little changed at 5.7 million and 5.5 million, respectively. Within separations, the quits rate was unchanged at 2.3 percent and the layoffs and discharges rate was little changed at 1.2 percent. …

The number of quits was little changed in June at 3.4 million. The quits rate was 2.3 percent. The number of quits was little changed for total private and for government.
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The following graph shows job openings (yellow line), hires (dark blue), Layoff, Discharges and other (red column), and Quits (light blue column) from the JOLTS.


This series started in December 2000.

Note: The difference between JOLTS hires and separations is similar to the CES (payroll survey) net jobs headline numbers. This report is for June, the most recent employment report was for July.

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Click on graph for larger image.

Note that hires (dark blue) and total separations (red and light blue columns stacked) are pretty close each month. This is a measure of labor market turnover. When the blue line is above the two stacked columns, the economy is adding net jobs – when it is below the columns, the economy is losing jobs.


Jobs openings increased slightly in June to 6.662 million from 6.659 million in May.

The number of job openings (yellow) are up 9% year-over-year.

Quits are up 7% year-over-year. These are voluntary separations. (see light blue columns at bottom of graph for trend for “quits”).

Job openings are at a high level, and quits are increasing year-over-year. This was a strong report.

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