Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Economic Jolt: Job Openings and Labor Turnover July 2011

Yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their latest monthly read of job availability and labor turnover (JOLT) showing that private non-farm job “openings” increased 2.29% since June climbing 15.26% above the level seen in July 2010 while private non-farm job “hires” declined 2.03% from June remaining 1.92% above the level seen in July 2010

Job “layoffs and discharges” declined 3.65% from June falling 6.82% below the level seen last year while quitting activity increased 2.02% from June and 8.91% above the level seen in July 2010.

It’s important to understand that job “quits” are included as a component of the “separations” data series as “quitting” is a valid means of workers “separating” from employers but their inclusion tends to create an overall procyclical trend in what would otherwise be logically thought of as a countercyclical process (i.e. downturn leads to increase in separations not decrease).