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Job opening, hires, and total separations rates in August 2009

October 13, 2009

In August, 2009, there was little change in the job openings rate (1.8 percent), hires rate (3.1 percent) or total separations rate (3.3 percent).

Job openings, hires, and total separations rates, seasonally adjusted, August 2008 and August 2009
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Over the 12 months ending in August, the job openings rate (not seasonally adjusted) decreased for total nonfarm, total private, government, the majority of industries, and all four regions. The rate was little changed in construction; wholesale trade; real estate and rental leasing; educational services; and other services.

During the same time frame, the hires rate (not seasonally adjusted) declined for total nonfarm, total private, and government. The hires rate decreased for mining and logging; construction; retail trade, finance and insurance; educational services; and state and local government. The hires rate fell over the past 12 months in the West and was little changed in the remaining regions.

The total separations rate (not seasonally adjusted) decreased over the 12 months ending in August for total nonfarm and total private. Total separations include quits (voluntary separations), layoffs and discharges (involuntary separations), and other separations (including retirement).

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. Data for August are preliminary. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — August 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL 09-1209.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job opening, hires, and total separations rates in August 2009 at (visited May 18, 2024).

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