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REGIONAL ECONOMIES   •  Jul 2020  •  Volume 9 / Number 8

Job openings and labor turnover trends for Western States in 2018

Job openings and labor turnover trends for Western States in 2018

This Beyond the Numbers article features experimental JOLTS estimates on states in the West region. This article is the second in a series of four.2 In this article, we explore trends in a number of measures—job openings, hires, separations (including quits, layoffs, and discharges), labor churn, fill rates, and unemployment—that can give us a deeper understanding of business cycles and labor demand in the West and help businesses and workers make better informed decisions.

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