US Monthly Job Openings Increased in July

Monthly job openings — a gauge of the U.S. economy that’s closely watched by Janet Yellen — increased in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Wednesday.

Employers posted 5.9 million job openings in July, a rate of 3.9 percent, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS) report. That compares to 5.62 million job openings in June, according to Thomson Reuters.

The private sector, particularly professional and business services, had more job openings in July, the report said.

The monthly report from the Labor Department — often eyed by Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve — is a key barometer of economic conditions, measuring job postings in different sectors, and the number of hires and layoffs.

The hiring rate was steady at 3.6 percent, or 5.2 million in July. The separation rate was also little changed in July at 4.9 million — a rate of 3.4 percent.

About the same number of Americans — 3 million, or a rate of 2.1 percent — quit their jobs in July, as was reported in June.

The quits rate can serve as a measure of confidence in the economy by gauging workers’ willingness or ability to leave jobs, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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