Hires and separation rates unchanged in September 2009
November 16, 2009
The hires rate was unchanged in September at 3.1 percent. The total separations, or turnover, rate was also unchanged in September and remained low at 3.3 percent. The hires rate increased in construction and was little changed in the remaining industries and in all four geographic regions.
Additionally, the job openings rate was little changed in September at a rate of 1.9 percent. The number of job openings has fallen by 2.3 million, or 48 percent, since the most recent peak in June 2007.
These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. Find additional information in "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — September 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-09-1359. Hires are the total number of additions to the payroll occurring at any time during the reference month. Separations are the total number of terminations of employment occurring at any time during the reference month, and are reported by type of separation—quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Hires and separation rates unchanged in September 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20091116.htm (visited March 28, 2015).
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