5.9 million hires in October 2018

December 13, 2018

The number of hires edged up to 5.9 million in October 2018, nearly matching the series high in August 2018. The number of job separations was little changed at 5.6 million in October. The number of quits in October was 3.5 million, and the number of layoffs and discharges was 1.7 million. The number of other separations was little changed in October at 351,000.

Hires, total separations, quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations, seasonally adjusted
Month Hires Total separations Quits Layoffs and
discharges
Other separations

Dec 2000

5,482,000 5,235,000 3,012,000 1,891,000 332,000

Jan 2001

5,777,000 6,066,000 3,448,000 2,196,000 423,000

Feb 2001

5,520,000 5,383,000 3,241,000 1,849,000 293,000

Mar 2001

5,650,000 5,655,000 3,154,000 2,144,000 357,000

Apr 2001

5,337,000 5,545,000 3,214,000 1,917,000 414,000

May 2001

5,395,000 5,439,000 3,085,000 2,012,000 342,000

Jun 2001

5,061,000 5,252,000 3,003,000 1,900,000 349,000

Jul 2001

5,164,000 5,303,000 2,959,000 1,949,000 396,000

Aug 2001

5,041,000 5,142,000 2,869,000 1,863,000 411,000

Sep 2001

4,941,000 5,169,000 2,738,000 2,042,000 389,000

Oct 2001

5,033,000 5,501,000 2,861,000 2,256,000 384,000

Nov 2001

4,902,000 5,053,000 2,604,000 2,118,000 332,000

Dec 2001

4,767,000 4,783,000 2,531,000 1,878,000 374,000

Jan 2002

4,849,000 5,202,000 2,888,000 1,884,000 431,000

Feb 2002

4,900,000 4,953,000 2,626,000 1,982,000 345,000

Mar 2002

4,644,000 4,609,000 2,491,000 1,751,000 366,000

Apr 2002

4,940,000 5,027,000 2,713,000 1,904,000 409,000

May 2002

4,959,000 4,979,000 2,699,000 1,947,000 333,000

Jun 2002

4,824,000 4,793,000 2,613,000 1,823,000 358,000

Jul 2002

5,005,000 5,119,000 2,710,000 1,985,000 423,000

Aug 2002

4,851,000 4,860,000 2,649,000 1,842,000 369,000

Sep 2002

4,848,000 4,890,000 2,626,000 1,879,000 386,000

Oct 2002

4,806,000 4,805,000 2,578,000 1,865,000 362,000

Nov 2002

4,918,000 4,761,000 2,462,000 1,912,000 387,000

Dec 2002

4,925,000 4,918,000 2,565,000 1,952,000 401,000

Jan 2003

4,971,000 5,015,000 2,514,000 2,002,000 499,000

Feb 2003

4,713,000 4,779,000 2,471,000 1,972,000 337,000

Mar 2003

4,433,000 4,586,000 2,403,000 1,833,000 350,000

Apr 2003

4,688,000 4,781,000 2,406,000 2,007,000 368,000

May 2003

4,613,000 4,671,000 2,380,000 1,965,000 325,000

Jun 2003

4,755,000 4,783,000 2,382,000 2,066,000 335,000

Jul 2003

4,714,000 4,750,000 2,390,000 2,021,000 340,000

Aug 2003

4,653,000 4,747,000 2,406,000 1,996,000 346,000

Sep 2003

4,873,000 4,752,000 2,479,000 1,904,000 369,000

Oct 2003

4,897,000 4,789,000 2,529,000 1,896,000 363,000

Nov 2003

4,717,000 4,611,000 2,459,000 1,824,000 328,000

Dec 2003

5,000,000 4,732,000 2,472,000 1,930,000 330,000

Jan 2004

4,827,000 4,795,000 2,436,000 1,954,000 404,000

Feb 2004

4,700,000 4,571,000 2,443,000 1,831,000 297,000

Mar 2004

5,219,000 4,874,000 2,608,000 1,933,000 333,000

Apr 2004

5,115,000 4,900,000 2,664,000 1,902,000 334,000

May 2004

4,939,000 4,654,000 2,467,000 1,832,000 354,000

Jun 2004

4,948,000 4,881,000 2,679,000 1,846,000 355,000

Jul 2004

4,880,000 4,885,000 2,714,000 1,806,000 365,000

Aug 2004

5,091,000 4,985,000 2,691,000 1,926,000 367,000

Sep 2004

4,985,000 4,807,000 2,586,000 1,851,000 371,000

Oct 2004

5,092,000 4,781,000 2,661,000 1,755,000 365,000

Nov 2004

5,180,000 5,098,000 2,811,000 1,949,000 339,000

Dec 2004

5,246,000 4,991,000 2,700,000 1,964,000 326,000

Jan 2005

5,207,000 5,177,000 2,844,000 1,939,000 394,000

Feb 2005

5,273,000 5,006,000 2,660,000 1,979,000 367,000

Mar 2005

5,216,000 5,071,000 2,841,000 1,934,000 296,000

Apr 2005

5,270,000 4,970,000 2,801,000 1,848,000 321,000

May 2005

5,298,000 5,105,000 2,882,000 1,878,000 346,000

Jun 2005

5,332,000 5,074,000 2,821,000 1,951,000 302,000

Jul 2005

5,275,000 4,917,000 2,794,000 1,827,000 296,000

Aug 2005

5,410,000 5,220,000 2,966,000 1,882,000 372,000

Sep 2005

5,427,000 5,305,000 3,053,000 1,907,000 345,000

Oct 2005

4,988,000 4,960,000 2,967,000 1,666,000 327,000

Nov 2005

5,308,000 4,949,000 2,920,000 1,689,000 341,000

Dec 2005

5,103,000 4,945,000 2,805,000 1,718,000 422,000

Jan 2006

5,196,000 5,043,000 2,954,000 1,670,000 419,000

Feb 2006

5,329,000 4,983,000 2,975,000 1,671,000 338,000

Mar 2006

5,372,000 5,037,000 3,004,000 1,650,000 383,000

Apr 2006

5,113,000 5,012,000 2,789,000 1,795,000 428,000

May 2006

5,489,000 5,417,000 3,056,000 1,887,000 475,000

Jun 2006

5,278,000 5,136,000 3,050,000 1,672,000 414,000

Jul 2006

5,372,000 5,183,000 2,977,000 1,767,000 439,000

Aug 2006

5,208,000 5,001,000 3,003,000 1,621,000 377,000

Sep 2006

5,214,000 5,007,000 2,940,000 1,706,000 361,000

Oct 2006

5,179,000 5,171,000 2,931,000 1,830,000 411,000

Nov 2006

5,528,000 5,291,000 3,069,000 1,870,000 351,000

Dec 2006

5,223,000 5,108,000 3,046,000 1,725,000 337,000

Jan 2007

5,245,000 5,144,000 2,988,000 1,746,000 410,000

Feb 2007

5,202,000 5,094,000 2,993,000 1,750,000 352,000

Mar 2007

5,380,000 5,123,000 2,989,000 1,788,000 346,000

Apr 2007

5,158,000 5,138,000 2,901,000 1,879,000 357,000

May 2007

5,268,000 5,080,000 3,008,000 1,755,000 318,000

Jun 2007

5,187,000 5,065,000 2,841,000 1,851,000 373,000

Jul 2007

5,075,000 5,118,000 2,947,000 1,759,000 412,000

Aug 2007

5,106,000 5,105,000 2,950,000 1,811,000 343,000

Sep 2007

5,145,000 5,031,000 2,643,000 2,079,000 309,000

Oct 2007

5,227,000 5,129,000 2,884,000 1,917,000 328,000

Nov 2007

5,162,000 5,031,000 2,777,000 1,919,000 334,000

Dec 2007

4,968,000 4,926,000 2,792,000 1,770,000 363,000

Jan 2008

4,868,000 5,005,000 2,831,000 1,843,000 332,000

Feb 2008

4,943,000 5,010,000 2,789,000 1,908,000 313,000

Mar 2008

4,766,000 4,762,000 2,575,000 1,835,000 352,000

Apr 2008

4,875,000 5,121,000 2,882,000 1,845,000 394,000

May 2008

4,602,000 4,728,000 2,602,000 1,842,000 285,000

Jun 2008

4,751,000 4,900,000 2,662,000 1,974,000 264,000

Jul 2008

4,471,000 4,713,000 2,550,000 1,894,000 269,000

Aug 2008

4,522,000 4,815,000 2,416,000 2,075,000 324,000

Sep 2008

4,316,000 4,751,000 2,446,000 1,963,000 342,000

Oct 2008

4,454,000 4,895,000 2,412,000 2,138,000 346,000

Nov 2008

3,954,000 4,605,000 2,063,000 2,190,000 352,000

Dec 2008

4,218,000 4,814,000 2,104,000 2,405,000 305,000

Jan 2009

4,158,000 4,974,000 2,043,000 2,573,000 358,000

Feb 2009

4,011,000 4,674,000 1,906,000 2,501,000 266,000

Mar 2009

3,730,000 4,536,000 1,794,000 2,433,000 308,000

Apr 2009

3,853,000 4,655,000 1,734,000 2,559,000 362,000

May 2009

3,793,000 4,146,000 1,740,000 2,121,000 286,000

Jun 2009

3,675,000 4,192,000 1,782,000 2,115,000 295,000

Jul 2009

3,854,000 4,297,000 1,726,000 2,273,000 298,000

Aug 2009

3,744,000 4,060,000 1,676,000 2,063,000 321,000

Sep 2009

3,859,000 4,084,000 1,639,000 2,127,000 318,000

Oct 2009

3,767,000 3,951,000 1,671,000 1,964,000 317,000

Nov 2009

3,992,000 3,873,000 1,784,000 1,823,000 267,000

Dec 2009

3,806,000 3,989,000 1,697,000 1,994,000 298,000

Jan 2010

3,880,000 3,894,000 1,668,000 1,874,000 352,000

Feb 2010

3,781,000 3,830,000 1,724,000 1,790,000 317,000

Mar 2010

4,182,000 3,949,000 1,793,000 1,830,000 326,000

Apr 2010

4,082,000 3,892,000 1,914,000 1,676,000 302,000

May 2010

4,376,000 3,831,000 1,790,000 1,733,000 307,000

Jun 2010

4,064,000 4,223,000 1,940,000 1,959,000 325,000

Jul 2010

4,116,000 4,278,000 1,848,000 2,081,000 350,000

Aug 2010

3,910,000 4,009,000 1,904,000 1,748,000 357,000

Sep 2010

3,978,000 4,026,000 1,921,000 1,768,000 337,000

Oct 2010

4,061,000 3,784,000 1,852,000 1,645,000 287,000

Nov 2010

4,101,000 3,843,000 1,778,000 1,753,000 311,000

Dec 2010

4,155,000 4,026,000 1,937,000 1,776,000 312,000

Jan 2011

3,908,000 3,907,000 1,825,000 1,709,000 373,000

Feb 2011

4,059,000 3,838,000 1,872,000 1,652,000 314,000

Mar 2011

4,290,000 3,980,000 1,967,000 1,709,000 304,000

Apr 2011

4,216,000 3,924,000 1,925,000 1,676,000 323,000

May 2011

4,114,000 4,035,000 2,037,000 1,692,000 306,000

Jun 2011

4,295,000 4,093,000 1,949,000 1,825,000 319,000

Jul 2011

4,137,000 4,082,000 1,981,000 1,749,000 352,000

Aug 2011

4,168,000 4,113,000 2,087,000 1,708,000 318,000

Sep 2011

4,317,000 4,114,000 2,046,000 1,755,000 313,000

Oct 2011

4,236,000 4,010,000 1,953,000 1,706,000 352,000

Nov 2011

4,242,000 4,000,000 1,949,000 1,756,000 296,000

Dec 2011

4,228,000 3,993,000 1,955,000 1,739,000 299,000

Jan 2012

4,299,000 4,013,000 1,977,000 1,710,000 326,000

Feb 2012

4,416,000 4,175,000 2,080,000 1,780,000 314,000

Mar 2012

4,460,000 4,133,000 2,164,000 1,652,000 317,000

Apr 2012

4,295,000 4,260,000 2,104,000 1,850,000 307,000

May 2012

4,442,000 4,336,000 2,186,000 1,828,000 322,000

Jun 2012

4,429,000 4,366,000 2,186,000 1,811,000 369,000

Jul 2012

4,270,000 4,141,000 2,103,000 1,671,000 367,000

Aug 2012

4,444,000 4,359,000 2,173,000 1,835,000 350,000

Sep 2012

4,233,000 4,058,000 1,977,000 1,744,000 337,000

Oct 2012

4,296,000 4,193,000 2,047,000 1,790,000 355,000

Nov 2012

4,401,000 4,170,000 2,069,000 1,788,000 314,000

Dec 2012

4,350,000 4,037,000 2,088,000 1,593,000 356,000

Jan 2013

4,419,000 4,297,000 2,299,000 1,602,000 397,000

Feb 2013

4,481,000 4,174,000 2,267,000 1,598,000 309,000

Mar 2013

4,310,000 4,114,000 2,098,000 1,698,000 318,000

Apr 2013

4,495,000 4,370,000 2,313,000 1,713,000 344,000

May 2013

4,575,000 4,357,000 2,252,000 1,729,000 376,000

Jun 2013

4,382,000 4,298,000 2,260,000 1,642,000 396,000

Jul 2013

4,519,000 4,391,000 2,376,000 1,648,000 367,000

Aug 2013

4,710,000 4,530,000 2,403,000 1,722,000 405,000

Sep 2013

4,683,000 4,513,000 2,399,000 1,766,000 348,000

Oct 2013

4,433,000 4,296,000 2,415,000 1,560,000 321,000

Nov 2013

4,585,000 4,270,000 2,366,000 1,552,000 352,000

Dec 2013

4,537,000 4,297,000 2,248,000 1,688,000 361,000

Jan 2014

4,612,000 4,456,000 2,352,000 1,723,000 381,000

Feb 2014

4,652,000 4,427,000 2,390,000 1,666,000 371,000

Mar 2014

4,741,000 4,465,000 2,438,000 1,637,000 390,000

Apr 2014

4,793,000 4,517,000 2,467,000 1,673,000 377,000

May 2014

4,781,000 4,548,000 2,513,000 1,641,000 394,000

Jun 2014

4,798,000 4,559,000 2,486,000 1,691,000 383,000

Jul 2014

4,987,000 4,789,000 2,591,000 1,824,000 374,000

Aug 2014

4,804,000 4,640,000 2,558,000 1,673,000 409,000

Sep 2014

5,084,000 4,861,000 2,799,000 1,662,000 400,000

Oct 2014

5,121,000 4,937,000 2,772,000 1,782,000 383,000

Nov 2014

5,038,000 4,610,000 2,607,000 1,681,000 323,000

Dec 2014

5,157,000 4,774,000 2,585,000 1,745,000 444,000

Jan 2015

5,028,000 4,844,000 2,766,000 1,720,000 358,000

Feb 2015

5,020,000 4,710,000 2,674,000 1,684,000 352,000

Mar 2015

5,071,000 4,997,000 2,732,000 1,905,000 361,000

Apr 2015

5,113,000 4,894,000 2,716,000 1,792,000 387,000

May 2015

5,117,000 4,784,000 2,737,000 1,655,000 392,000

Jun 2015

5,125,000 5,011,000 2,803,000 1,783,000 424,000

Jul 2015

5,111,000 4,862,000 2,802,000 1,662,000 399,000

Aug 2015

5,083,000 5,003,000 2,926,000 1,674,000 403,000

Sep 2015

5,147,000 5,053,000 2,802,000 1,879,000 372,000

Oct 2015

5,310,000 4,988,000 2,836,000 1,758,000 394,000

Nov 2015

5,324,000 4,978,000 2,892,000 1,699,000 387,000

Dec 2015

5,485,000 5,172,000 3,032,000 1,759,000 382,000

Jan 2016

5,122,000 5,045,000 2,900,000 1,719,000 426,000

Feb 2016

5,466,000 5,181,000 2,957,000 1,858,000 367,000

Mar 2016

5,287,000 5,036,000 2,913,000 1,744,000 379,000

Apr 2016

5,232,000 5,117,000 2,997,000 1,734,000 387,000

May 2016

5,207,000 5,128,000 3,030,000 1,752,000 345,000

Jun 2016

5,228,000 5,032,000 3,066,000 1,614,000 352,000

Jul 2016

5,324,000 5,052,000 3,093,000 1,600,000 359,000

Aug 2016

5,294,000 5,190,000 3,161,000 1,675,000 354,000

Sep 2016

5,255,000 4,989,000 3,112,000 1,527,000 350,000

Oct 2016

5,208,000 5,072,000 3,093,000 1,610,000 368,000

Nov 2016

5,279,000 5,041,000 3,022,000 1,693,000 325,000

Dec 2016

5,315,000 5,021,000 2,958,000 1,682,000 381,000

Jan 2017

5,452,000 5,222,000 3,169,000 1,657,000 396,000

Feb 2017

5,255,000 5,030,000 3,018,000 1,656,000 356,000

Mar 2017

5,289,000 5,171,000 3,144,000 1,668,000 359,000

Apr 2017

5,219,000 5,110,000 3,072,000 1,686,000 352,000

May 2017

5,478,000 5,265,000 3,227,000 1,688,000 350,000

Jun 2017

5,460,000 5,294,000 3,166,000 1,770,000 357,000

Jul 2017

5,498,000 5,406,000 3,240,000 1,816,000 350,000

Aug 2017

5,507,000 5,345,000 3,173,000 1,805,000 367,000

Sep 2017

5,375,000 5,346,000 3,256,000 1,764,000 327,000

Oct 2017

5,600,000 5,272,000 3,224,000 1,711,000 336,000

Nov 2017

5,505,000 5,253,000 3,195,000 1,734,000 325,000

Dec 2017

5,516,000 5,314,000 3,340,000 1,655,000 318,000

Jan 2018

5,568,000 5,319,000 3,191,000 1,784,000 344,000

Feb 2018

5,503,000 5,172,000 3,208,000 1,619,000 346,000

Mar 2018

5,476,000 5,321,000 3,387,000 1,546,000 387,000

Apr 2018

5,581,000 5,424,000 3,349,000 1,731,000 344,000

May 2018

5,747,000 5,419,000 3,480,000 1,618,000 321,000

Jun 2018

5,677,000 5,514,000 3,477,000 1,652,000 384,000

Jul 2018

5,713,000 5,596,000 3,608,000 1,622,000 365,000

Aug 2018

5,906,000 5,779,000 3,648,000 1,790,000 341,000

Sep 2018

5,696,000 5,641,000 3,564,000 1,707,000 369,000

Oct 2018

5,892,000 5,556,000 3,514,000 1,691,000 351,000

Hires increased in October in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+90,000) and durable goods manufacturing (+43,000) but decreased in mining and logging (−11,000).

Total separations increased in October in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+37,000).

Quits increased in October in health care and social assistance (+33,000), transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+30,000), and educational services (+12,000). The number of quits decreased in other services (−39,000).

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The data are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see “Job Openings and Labor Turnover — October 2018.” We also have more charts on hires, separations, and job openings. Total separations include quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations. Quits usually are voluntary separations started by the employee. Layoffs and discharges are involuntary separations started by the employer. Other separations may result from retirement, death, disability, and transfers to other locations of the same firm.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 5.9 million hires in October 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/5-point-9-million-hires-in-october-2018.htm (visited September 17, 2019).

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