Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job openings and labor turnover in 2005

February 08, 2006

The job openings, hires, and total separations rates were all essentially unchanged in December 2005.

Job openings, hires, and total separations rates, December 2004 - December 2005
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On the last business day of December 2005, the job openings rate was 2.9 percent. The job openings rate did not change significantly in December but has generally trended upward since September 2003.

The hires rate was little changed at 3.4 percent in December. The hires rate has ranged between 3.4 and 3.6 percent since December 2004.

The total separations, or turnover, rate was essentially unchanged at 3.1 percent in December. In the past 12 months the separations rate has been between 3.1 and 3.6 percent.

These data come from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover: December 2005" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 06-225. These data are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings and labor turnover in 2005 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/feb/wk1/art03.htm (visited January 19, 2022).

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