The number of job openings was little changed at 6.2 million on the last business day of July, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the month, hires and separations were also little changed
at 5.5 million and 5.3 million, respectively. Within separations, the quits rate and the layoffs and
discharges rate were little changed at 2.2 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively. 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 July, there were 6.2 million job openings, little changed from June. The job
openings rate was 4.0 percent. The number of job openings was little changed for total private and
decreased for government (-58,000). Job openings increased in a number of industries with the largest
increases occurring in other services (+111,000), transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+70,000),
and educational services (+26,000). Job openings decreased in health care and social assistance
(-72,000), state and local government, excluding education (-46,000), and federal government (-21,000).
The number of job openings was little changed in the regions. (See table 1.)
The number of hires was little changed at 5.5 million in July. The hires rate was 3.8 percent. The
number of hires was little changed for total private and for government. The number of hires increased
for federal government (+9,000), and was little changed for all other industries. The number of hires was
little changed in all four regions. (See table 2.)
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