Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Economic Jolt: Job Openings and Labor Turnover July 2012

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 2.06% since June climbing 7.65% above the level seen in July 2011 while private non-farm job “hires” declined 1.68% from June but rose 1.73% above the level seen in July 2011.

Job “layoffs and discharges” declined 12.15% from June falling 7.15% below the level seen last year while quitting activity rose 1.50% from June climbing 7.87% above the level seen in July 2011.

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).