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.
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
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.