10.09.2009 Policy Points

Number of Job Openings At Record Low

Findings from the newest version of the federal Jobs Opening and Labor Turnover Survey

On the last business day of August, the number of job openings in the U.S. was little changed at a series low level of 2.4 million, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The hires rate was little changed and remained low at 3.1 percent in August. The total
separations rate was little changed and remained low at 3.3 percent
The job openings rate was unchanged in August at a rate of 1.8 percent. The number of job openings has fallen by 2.4 million, or 50
percent, since the most recent peak in June 2007. The job openings rate was little changed in August in all industries and regions.
The hires level was little changed at 4.0 million in August but has declined by 1.6 million, or 28 percent, since the most recent peak in
July 2006. The hires rate was low in August at 3.1 percent and little changed from July. The hires rate was little changed in August in all
industries.

On the last business day of August, the number of job openings in the U.S. was little changed at a series low level of 2.4 million, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The hires rate was little changed and remained low at 3.1 percent in August. The total separations rate was little changed and remained low at 3.3 percent.

The job openings rate was unchanged in August at a rate of 1.8 percent. The number of job openings has fallen by 2.4 million, or 50 percent, since the most recent peak in June 2007. The job openings rate was little changed in August in all industries and regions.

The hires level was little changed at 4.0 million in August but has declined by 1.6 million, or 28 percent, since the most recent peak in July 2006. The hires rate was low in August at 3.1 percent and little changed from July. The hires rate was little changed in August in all industries.

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