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BLS: Job Openings Increase to Series High 10.9 Million in July

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From the BLS: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary
The number of job openings increased to a series high of 10.9 million on the last business day of July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Hires and total separations were little changed at 6.7 million and 5.8 million, respectively. Within separations, the quits rate was unchanged at 2.7 percent while the layoffs and discharges rate was little changed at 1.0 percent.
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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 July, the most recent employment report was for August.

Click on graph for larger image.

Note that hires (dark blue) and total separations (red and light blue columns stacked) are usually 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.

The huge spikes in layoffs and discharges in March 2020 are labeled, but off the chart to better show the usual data.

Jobs openings increased in July to 10.934 million from 10.185 million in June. This is a new record high for this series.

The number of job openings (yellow) were up 63% year-over-year.

Quits were up 25% year-over-year. These are voluntary separations. (see light blue columns at bottom of graph for trend for “quits”).

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