Hires, quits, layoffs, and other job separations in 2013

July 01, 2014

The number of hires and job separations increased in 2013, although neither returned to their levels before the 2007–2009 recession. From 2012 to 2013, the number of hires increased from 52.4 million to 54.2 million. The number of total separations rose from 50.1 million in 2012 to 51.8 million in 2013. The number of hires exceeded the number of separations in 2013 for the fourth straight year.

Annual hires and job separations, 2001–2013
YearHiresSeparations
TotalQuitsLayoffs and dischargesOther separations

2001

62,633,00064,472,00035,848,00024,138,0004,483,000

2002

58,479,00059,003,00031,758,00022,706,0004,539,000

2003

56,949,00056,970,00029,192,00023,490,0004,288,000

2004

60,263,00058,238,00031,375,00022,668,0004,192,000

2005

62,951,00060,494,00034,240,00022,243,0004,012,000

2006

63,327,00061,117,00035,596,00020,896,0004,626,000

2007

62,104,00060,838,00034,566,00021,958,0004,312,000

2008

54,745,00058,227,00030,355,00024,028,0003,845,000

2009

45,931,00051,127,00021,030,00026,444,0003,654,000

2010

48,743,00047,750,00022,057,00021,829,0003,864,000

2011

50,295,00048,220,00023,533,00020,805,0003,882,000

2012

52,360,00050,070,00025,081,00020,892,0004,100,000

2013

54,191,00051,837,00027,619,00019,964,0004,254,000

Three components make up the total separations measure: quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations (such as retirements, transfers, deaths, and separations caused by disability). From 2012 to 2013, the number of quits increased from 25.1 million to 27.6 million. During that same period, the number of layoffs and discharges edged down from 20.9 million to 20.0 million. The total number of other separations increased slightly, from 4.1 million in 2012 to 4.3 million in 2013.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. For more information, see "Job openings continue to rise in 2013," Monthly Labor Review, May 2014.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Hires, quits, layoffs, and other job separations in 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140701.htm (visited August 20, 2014).

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