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Job Openings Were Up in June, But Hires Decreased

The number of job openings increased to 5.9 million on the last business day of…

  • August 26, 2020

The number of job openings increased to 5.9 million on the last business day of June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Hires decreased to 6.7 million in June, but was still the second highest level in the series history. The largest monthly increase in hires occurred in May 2020.

Total separations increased to 4.8 million.

Within separations, the quits rate rose to 1.9 percent while the layoffs and discharges rate was unchanged at 1.4 percent.

These changes in the labor market reflected a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it.

This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, and separations for the total nonfarm sector, by industry, and by four geographic regions.