Hires and quits increase in September 2014

November 14, 2014

In September 2014, the hires level increased to 5.0 million, up from 4.7 million in August. This was the highest level of hires since December 2007.

Hires, quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations, seasonally adjusted, September 2012–September 2014
Month Hires Separations
Total Quits Layoffs and
discharges
Other
separations

Sep 2012

4,232,000 4,045,000 1,941,000 1,771,000 333,000

Oct 2012

4,357,000 4,151,000 2,043,000 1,760,000 348,000

Nov 2012

4,465,000 4,207,000 2,095,000 1,771,000 342,000

Dec 2012

4,343,000 4,090,000 2,138,000 1,596,000 356,000

Jan 2013

4,389,000 4,262,000 2,301,000 1,578,000 383,000

Feb 2013

4,551,000 4,212,000 2,268,000 1,618,000 326,000

Mar 2013

4,301,000 4,186,000 2,103,000 1,755,000 328,000

Apr 2013

4,457,000 4,276,000 2,238,000 1,700,000 338,000

May 2013

4,541,000 4,401,000 2,198,000 1,783,000 420,000

Jun 2013

4,418,000 4,236,000 2,199,000 1,662,000 375,000

Jul 2013

4,525,000 4,313,000 2,305,000 1,666,000 341,000

Aug 2013

4,592,000 4,417,000 2,346,000 1,701,000 370,000

Sep 2013

4,701,000 4,500,000 2,381,000 1,783,000 336,000

Oct 2013

4,512,000 4,305,000 2,426,000 1,547,000 332,000

Nov 2013

4,574,000 4,316,000 2,448,000 1,511,000 356,000

Dec 2013

4,578,000 4,468,000 2,417,000 1,702,000 349,000

Jan 2014

4,516,000 4,419,000 2,368,000 1,703,000 348,000

Feb 2014

4,699,000 4,459,000 2,475,000 1,596,000 388,000

Mar 2014

4,706,000 4,491,000 2,461,000 1,638,000 392,000

Apr 2014

4,770,000 4,550,000 2,467,000 1,701,000 382,000

May 2014

4,738,000 4,530,000 2,487,000 1,656,000 387,000

Jun 2014

4,791,000 4,520,000 2,484,000 1,657,000 378,000

Jul 2014

4,934,000 4,629,000 2,547,000 1,726,000 356,000

Aug 2014

4,742,000 4,531,000 2,510,000 1,619,000 402,000

Sep 2014

5,026,000 4,788,000 2,753,000 1,647,000 388,000

There were 4.8 million total separations in September, up from 4.5 million in August. (Total separations includes quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations.) The number of quits—which are generally voluntary separations initiated by the employee—increased from 2.5 million in August to 2.8 million in September. This was the highest level of quits since April 2008. The number of layoffs and discharges—which are involuntary separations initiated by the employer—was little changed in September at 1.6 million.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — September 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑2064. More charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and employment separations can be found in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: September 2014 (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Hires and quits increase in September 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20141114.htm (visited July 16, 2019).

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