Job openings at 5.8 million in July 2015, a series high

September 11, 2015

In July 2015, the number of job openings again rose to a series high of 5.8 million. The prior series high was 5.4 million in May 2015; the series began in December 2000. The number of hires was 5.0 million in July.

Job openings, hires, quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations, seasonally adjusted, July 2005–July 2015
Month Job openings Hires Separations
Total Quits Layoffs and discharges Other separations

Jul 2005

4,162,000 5,301,000 4,910,000 2,747,000 1,862,000 301,000

Aug 2005

4,085,000 5,431,000 5,175,000 2,938,000 1,878,000 359,000

Sep 2005

4,227,000 5,429,000 5,291,000 3,053,000 1,902,000 336,000

Oct 2005

4,230,000 5,065,000 4,979,000 2,943,000 1,717,000 319,000

Nov 2005

4,341,000 5,227,000 4,896,000 2,928,000 1,639,000 329,000

Dec 2005

4,249,000 5,057,000 4,962,000 2,823,000 1,735,000 405,000

Jan 2006

4,278,000 5,218,000 4,937,000 2,853,000 1,719,000 365,000

Feb 2006

4,308,000 5,347,000 5,094,000 3,013,000 1,721,000 359,000

Mar 2006

4,537,000 5,294,000 5,051,000 3,037,000 1,630,000 384,000

Apr 2006

4,495,000 5,125,000 4,967,000 2,808,000 1,743,000 416,000

May 2006

4,432,000 5,470,000 5,435,000 3,049,000 1,933,000 453,000

Jun 2006

4,331,000 5,256,000 5,131,000 3,034,000 1,674,000 424,000

Jul 2006

4,081,000 5,357,000 5,121,000 2,943,000 1,767,000 411,000

Aug 2006

4,411,000 5,208,000 4,963,000 2,950,000 1,627,000 386,000

Sep 2006

4,498,000 5,213,000 5,004,000 2,914,000 1,741,000 349,000

Oct 2006

4,454,000 5,170,000 5,092,000 2,936,000 1,770,000 386,000

Nov 2006

4,622,000 5,469,000 5,290,000 3,096,000 1,826,000 369,000

Dec 2006

4,552,000 5,190,000 5,148,000 3,083,000 1,724,000 341,000

Jan 2007

4,590,000 5,195,000 5,016,000 2,975,000 1,681,000 360,000

Feb 2007

4,481,000 5,178,000 5,151,000 2,995,000 1,762,000 394,000

Mar 2007

4,657,000 5,287,000 5,121,000 2,985,000 1,787,000 348,000

Apr 2007

4,534,000 5,153,000 5,108,000 2,890,000 1,856,000 361,000

May 2007

4,531,000 5,217,000 5,048,000 2,978,000 1,725,000 345,000

Jun 2007

4,639,000 5,180,000 5,043,000 2,829,000 1,830,000 384,000

Jul 2007

4,430,000 5,106,000 5,101,000 2,898,000 1,797,000 405,000

Aug 2007

4,508,000 5,131,000 5,072,000 2,890,000 1,841,000 341,000

Sep 2007

4,481,000 5,136,000 5,019,000 2,638,000 2,071,000 310,000

Oct 2007

4,278,000 5,203,000 5,075,000 2,853,000 1,911,000 311,000

Nov 2007

4,278,000 5,177,000 5,109,000 2,823,000 1,924,000 362,000

Dec 2007

4,323,000 5,035,000 4,994,000 2,823,000 1,794,000 378,000

Jan 2008

4,223,000 4,868,000 4,937,000 2,818,000 1,823,000 295,000

Feb 2008

4,039,000 4,863,000 5,008,000 2,809,000 1,875,000 325,000

Mar 2008

4,012,000 4,759,000 4,826,000 2,619,000 1,842,000 366,000

Apr 2008

3,850,000 4,857,000 5,077,000 2,839,000 1,854,000 385,000

May 2008

4,000,000 4,604,000 4,737,000 2,639,000 1,813,000 285,000

Jun 2008

3,670,000 4,782,000 4,919,000 2,620,000 2,021,000 278,000

Jul 2008

3,762,000 4,467,000 4,673,000 2,495,000 1,906,000 272,000

Aug 2008

3,584,000 4,580,000 4,820,000 2,375,000 2,137,000 308,000

Sep 2008

3,210,000 4,297,000 4,721,000 2,417,000 1,960,000 344,000

Oct 2008

3,273,000 4,454,000 4,909,000 2,443,000 2,126,000 339,000

Nov 2008

3,059,000 3,899,000 4,653,000 2,083,000 2,187,000 382,000

Dec 2008

3,049,000 4,271,000 4,847,000 2,129,000 2,407,000 311,000

Jan 2009

2,763,000 4,111,000 4,873,000 2,040,000 2,502,000 332,000

Feb 2009

2,794,000 4,004,000 4,715,000 1,959,000 2,468,000 289,000

Mar 2009

2,493,000 3,697,000 4,565,000 1,804,000 2,442,000 319,000

Apr 2009

2,271,000 3,870,000 4,670,000 1,731,000 2,592,000 347,000

May 2009

2,413,000 3,736,000 4,115,000 1,711,000 2,118,000 286,000

Jun 2009

2,388,000 3,649,000 4,142,000 1,737,000 2,123,000 282,000

Jul 2009

2,146,000 3,807,000 4,223,000 1,710,000 2,237,000 276,000

Aug 2009

2,294,000 3,734,000 4,014,000 1,642,000 2,063,000 310,000

Sep 2009

2,434,000 3,846,000 4,062,000 1,644,000 2,095,000 323,000

Oct 2009

2,376,000 3,746,000 3,960,000 1,670,000 1,972,000 319,000

Nov 2009

2,419,000 3,966,000 3,909,000 1,786,000 1,863,000 259,000

Dec 2009

2,490,000 3,819,000 3,968,000 1,690,000 1,981,000 297,000

Jan 2010

2,706,000 3,903,000 3,856,000 1,674,000 1,872,000 310,000

Feb 2010

2,561,000 3,778,000 3,871,000 1,737,000 1,795,000 340,000

Mar 2010

2,652,000 4,189,000 4,004,000 1,809,000 1,879,000 315,000

Apr 2010

3,097,000 4,087,000 3,854,000 1,896,000 1,660,000 298,000

May 2010

2,900,000 4,368,000 3,863,000 1,777,000 1,760,000 326,000

Jun 2010

2,728,000 4,074,000 4,188,000 1,909,000 1,978,000 300,000

Jul 2010

2,929,000 4,121,000 4,253,000 1,841,000 2,091,000 321,000

Aug 2010

2,869,000 3,914,000 3,978,000 1,864,000 1,766,000 348,000

Sep 2010

2,782,000 3,995,000 4,011,000 1,901,000 1,775,000 335,000

Oct 2010

3,026,000 4,050,000 3,840,000 1,875,000 1,661,000 305,000

Nov 2010

3,072,000 4,110,000 3,952,000 1,838,000 1,779,000 336,000

Dec 2010

2,909,000 4,180,000 4,069,000 1,966,000 1,776,000 327,000

Jan 2011

2,917,000 3,904,000 3,824,000 1,803,000 1,687,000 334,000

Feb 2011

3,065,000 4,035,000 3,862,000 1,879,000 1,657,000 326,000

Mar 2011

3,132,000 4,266,000 4,027,000 1,974,000 1,736,000 317,000

Apr 2011

3,099,000 4,219,000 3,916,000 1,921,000 1,669,000 326,000

May 2011

3,032,000 4,125,000 4,012,000 1,984,000 1,688,000 341,000

Jun 2011

3,194,000 4,297,000 4,101,000 1,951,000 1,844,000 307,000

Jul 2011

3,417,000 4,180,000 4,052,000 1,966,000 1,758,000 327,000

Aug 2011

3,138,000 4,193,000 4,066,000 2,045,000 1,717,000 304,000

Sep 2011

3,557,000 4,326,000 4,109,000 2,041,000 1,761,000 307,000

Oct 2011

3,422,000 4,217,000 4,069,000 1,963,000 1,749,000 357,000

Nov 2011

3,215,000 4,235,000 4,075,000 1,979,000 1,782,000 314,000

Dec 2011

3,527,000 4,254,000 4,005,000 1,991,000 1,695,000 319,000

Jan 2012

3,653,000 4,296,000 3,960,000 1,963,000 1,675,000 322,000

Feb 2012

3,517,000 4,451,000 4,186,000 2,096,000 1,759,000 331,000

Mar 2012

3,837,000 4,472,000 4,222,000 2,175,000 1,692,000 355,000

Apr 2012

3,627,000 4,305,000 4,246,000 2,090,000 1,841,000 315,000

May 2012

3,696,000 4,440,000 4,323,000 2,155,000 1,841,000 328,000

Jun 2012

3,785,000 4,338,000 4,278,000 2,147,000 1,779,000 352,000

Jul 2012

3,587,000 4,285,000 4,110,000 2,091,000 1,646,000 372,000

Aug 2012

3,637,000 4,460,000 4,340,000 2,122,000 1,880,000 338,000

Sep 2012

3,614,000 4,220,000 4,054,000 1,949,000 1,768,000 337,000

Oct 2012

3,729,000 4,322,000 4,150,000 2,042,000 1,751,000 357,000

Nov 2012

3,741,000 4,417,000 4,223,000 2,092,000 1,781,000 350,000

Dec 2012

3,640,000 4,361,000 4,050,000 2,145,000 1,552,000 353,000

Jan 2013

3,770,000 4,411,000 4,289,000 2,293,000 1,606,000 390,000

Feb 2013

4,023,000 4,574,000 4,216,000 2,277,000 1,619,000 320,000

Mar 2013

3,891,000 4,289,000 4,201,000 2,091,000 1,784,000 326,000

Apr 2013

3,840,000 4,490,000 4,347,000 2,284,000 1,720,000 343,000

May 2013

3,829,000 4,554,000 4,335,000 2,212,000 1,728,000 395,000

Jun 2013

3,864,000 4,410,000 4,246,000 2,211,000 1,642,000 392,000

Jul 2013

3,829,000 4,493,000 4,295,000 2,323,000 1,626,000 346,000

Aug 2013

3,893,000 4,647,000 4,413,000 2,349,000 1,685,000 379,000

Sep 2013

3,955,000 4,651,000 4,480,000 2,376,000 1,776,000 327,000

Oct 2013

4,076,000 4,458,000 4,261,000 2,407,000 1,526,000 328,000

Nov 2013

4,073,000 4,616,000 4,307,000 2,416,000 1,536,000 356,000

Dec 2013

3,977,000 4,545,000 4,407,000 2,387,000 1,682,000 338,000

Jan 2014

3,906,000 4,600,000 4,473,000 2,384,000 1,752,000 337,000

Feb 2014

4,160,000 4,698,000 4,486,000 2,438,000 1,671,000 377,000

Mar 2014

4,210,000 4,744,000 4,519,000 2,430,000 1,684,000 405,000

Apr 2014

4,417,000 4,790,000 4,522,000 2,413,000 1,703,000 406,000

May 2014

4,608,000 4,805,000 4,543,000 2,494,000 1,659,000 390,000

Jun 2014

4,710,000 4,820,000 4,523,000 2,469,000 1,700,000 354,000

Jul 2014

4,726,000 5,003,000 4,711,000 2,542,000 1,827,000 343,000

Aug 2014

4,925,000 4,792,000 4,569,000 2,516,000 1,663,000 390,000

Sep 2014

4,678,000 5,061,000 4,829,000 2,733,000 1,694,000 402,000

Oct 2014

4,849,000 5,106,000 4,906,000 2,746,000 1,745,000 414,000

Nov 2014

4,886,000 5,026,000 4,628,000 2,662,000 1,595,000 371,000

Dec 2014

4,877,000 5,239,000 4,901,000 2,715,000 1,725,000 461,000

Jan 2015

4,965,000 4,994,000 4,834,000 2,779,000 1,722,000 333,000

Feb 2015

5,144,000 5,011,000 4,793,000 2,720,000 1,688,000 385,000

Mar 2015

5,109,000 5,088,000 5,065,000 2,769,000 1,894,000 403,000

Apr 2015

5,334,000 5,034,000 4,895,000 2,709,000 1,784,000 402,000

May 2015

5,357,000 5,060,000 4,799,000 2,730,000 1,660,000 409,000

Jun 2015

5,323,000 5,182,000 4,906,000 2,738,000 1,779,000 389,000

Jul 2015(p)

5,753,000 4,983,000 4,716,000 2,695,000 1,609,000 413,000
Footnotes:

(p) preliminary.

Total separations—or turnover—includes quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations. In July 2015, there were 4.7 million total separations.

In July, there were 2.7 million quits, little changed from June. Although the number of quits has increased overall since the end of the recession, the number has held between 2.7 million and 2.8 million for the past 11 months. Quits are generally voluntary separations initiated by the employee.

There were 1.6 million layoffs and discharges in July. Layoffs and discharges are involuntary separations initiated by the employer.

In July, there were 413,000 other separations, about the same as in June. Other separations includes separations due to retirement, death, and disability, as well as transfers to other locations of the same firm.

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 — July 2015" (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and employment separations are in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: July 2015 (PDF).

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings at 5.8 million in July 2015, a series high on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/job-openings-in-july-2015-a-series-high.htm (visited September 20, 2019).

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