View BLS Publishes Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS): November 2017

The Bureau of Labor Statistics today (January 9) reported that the number of job openings was little changed at 5.9 million on the last business day of November. Over the month, hires and separations were little changed at 5.5 million and 5.2 million, respectively. Within separations, the quits rate was unchanged at 2.2 percent and the layoffs and discharges rate was little changed 1.1 percent. This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, and separations for the nonfarm sector by industry and by four geographic regions.

Job Openings

 

On the last business day of November, there were 5.9 million job openings, little changed from

October. The job openings rate was 3.8 percent in November. The number of job openings was little

changed for total private and for government. Job openings increased in retail trade (+88,000) but

decreased in other services (-64,000), transportation, warehousing, and utilities (-60,000), and real estate

and rental and leasing (-39,000). The number of job openings was little changed in all four regions

 

Hires

 

The number of hires was little changed at 5.5 million in November. The hires rate was 3.7 percent. The

number of hires was little changed for total private and increased for government (+43,000). Hires

increased in state and local government, excluding education (+29,000) and state and local government

education (+18,000). The number of hires decreased in the Northeast region.

 

 

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