March 14, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Annual hires, separations, quits, layoffs and discharges, 2011

Annual levels for hires, total separations, quits, layoffs and discharges, not seasonally adjusted, 2007–2011
Category 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011


62,421,000 55,166,000 46,398,000 48,647,000 50,083,000


61,162,000 58,601,000 51,527,000 47,641,000 48,242,000


34,612,000 30,558,000 21,021,000 21,967,000 23,578,000

Layoffs and discharges

22,142,000 24,166,000 26,783,000 21,784,000 20,718,000

These data are featured in the TED article, Annual hires, separations, quits, layoffs and discharges, 2011.




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