October 11, 2012There were 3.6 million job openings on the last business day of August, essentially unchanged from July. The number of hires in August was 4.4 million, up from 3.7 million at the end of the recession in June 2009. The number of total separations—a figure that includes quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations—was 4.4 million.
In private industry, there were 3.2 million job openings, 4.1 million hires, and 4.0 million total separations in August.
These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, and are seasonally adjusted. For more information see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — August 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-2030. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. More charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and employment separations can be found in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: August 2012 (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings, hires, and total separations by industry, August 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20121011.htm (visited December 01, 2015).
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