Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Economic Jolt: Job Openings and Labor Turnover October 2011

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their latest monthly read of job availability and labor turnover (JOLT) showing that private non-farm job “openings” declined 3.20% since September climbing 13.55% above the level seen in October 2010 while private non-farm job “hires” declined 2.65% from September and rose 5.64% above the level seen in October 2010

Job “layoffs and discharges” declined 6.92% from September falling 2.61% below the level seen last year while quitting activity declined 3.56% from September remaining 9.85% above the level seen in October 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).