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Total nonfarm job separations decreased to 9.9 million in April 2020

June 15, 2020

The number of job separations decreased by 4.8 million in April 2020 to 9.9 million.  Despite the over-the-month decline, the separations level is the second highest in history. Separations include quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations.

Total nonfarm job openings, hires, and separations, April 2005 to April 2020
Month Job openings Hires Separations

Apr 2005

4,272,000 5,362,000 5,016,000

May 2005

3,842,000 5,271,000 5,107,000

Jun 2005

4,072,000 5,376,000 5,086,000

Jul 2005

4,337,000 5,328,000 4,972,000

Aug 2005

4,160,000 5,409,000 5,215,000

Sep 2005

4,376,000 5,493,000 5,401,000

Oct 2005

4,218,000 5,124,000 5,066,000

Nov 2005

4,118,000 5,344,000 4,989,000

Dec 2005

4,146,000 5,294,000 5,164,000

Jan 2006

4,404,000 5,271,000 5,113,000

Feb 2006

4,260,000 5,474,000 5,180,000

Mar 2006

4,706,000 5,524,000 5,196,000

Apr 2006

4,915,000 5,215,000 5,074,000

May 2006

4,505,000 5,498,000 5,417,000

Jun 2006

4,625,000 5,455,000 5,262,000

Jul 2006

4,467,000 5,573,000 5,366,000

Aug 2006

4,739,000 5,373,000 5,207,000

Sep 2006

4,778,000 5,288,000 5,090,000

Oct 2006

4,643,000 5,375,000 5,319,000

Nov 2006

4,530,000 5,495,000 5,324,000

Dec 2006

4,469,000 5,214,000 5,127,000

Jan 2007

4,750,000 5,426,000 5,314,000

Feb 2007

4,618,000 5,160,000 5,117,000

Mar 2007

4,926,000 5,479,000 5,196,000

Apr 2007

4,820,000 5,353,000 5,286,000

May 2007

4,699,000 5,469,000 5,292,000

Jun 2007

4,882,000 5,267,000 5,103,000

Jul 2007

4,668,000 5,217,000 5,253,000

Aug 2007

4,586,000 5,358,000 5,398,000

Sep 2007

4,682,000 5,344,000 5,191,000

Oct 2007

4,676,000 5,398,000 5,271,000

Nov 2007

4,537,000 5,176,000 5,093,000

Dec 2007

4,400,000 5,119,000 5,041,000

Jan 2008

4,604,000 5,071,000 5,194,000

Feb 2008

4,233,000 5,077,000 5,184,000

Mar 2008

4,205,000 4,924,000 4,910,000

Apr 2008

4,124,000 4,948,000 5,182,000

May 2008

4,237,000 4,691,000 4,840,000

Jun 2008

3,849,000 4,893,000 5,043,000

Jul 2008

3,800,000 4,637,000 4,868,000

Aug 2008

3,709,000 4,682,000 5,014,000

Sep 2008

3,240,000 4,499,000 4,901,000

Oct 2008

3,403,000 4,548,000 4,977,000

Nov 2008

3,158,000 4,104,000 4,787,000

Dec 2008

3,059,000 4,348,000 4,879,000

Jan 2009

2,731,000 4,095,000 4,925,000

Feb 2009

2,838,000 4,061,000 4,824,000

Mar 2009

2,521,000 3,858,000 4,693,000

Apr 2009

2,343,000 3,888,000 4,695,000

May 2009

2,574,000 3,758,000 4,184,000

Jun 2009

2,517,000 3,639,000 4,226,000

Jul 2009

2,264,000 3,857,000 4,256,000

Aug 2009

2,365,000 3,810,000 3,992,000

Sep 2009

2,481,000 3,944,000 4,123,000

Oct 2009

2,422,000 3,838,000 4,003,000

Nov 2009

2,435,000 4,024,000 3,983,000

Dec 2009

2,487,000 4,004,000 4,103,000

Jan 2010

2,833,000 3,904,000 3,989,000

Feb 2010

2,651,000 3,864,000 3,978,000

Mar 2010

2,679,000 4,302,000 4,072,000

Apr 2010

3,217,000 4,159,000 3,948,000

May 2010

3,019,000 4,420,000 3,911,000

Jun 2010

2,813,000 4,111,000 4,308,000

Jul 2010

3,127,000 4,163,000 4,299,000

Aug 2010

3,025,000 4,046,000 4,067,000

Sep 2010

2,912,000 4,034,000 4,047,000

Oct 2010

3,256,000 4,173,000 3,883,000

Nov 2010

3,134,000 4,182,000 4,041,000

Dec 2010

2,969,000 4,299,000 4,143,000

Jan 2011

3,100,000 4,000,000 4,045,000

Feb 2011

3,213,000 4,231,000 4,014,000

Mar 2011

3,253,000 4,430,000 4,109,000

Apr 2011

3,337,000 4,296,000 3,994,000

May 2011

3,207,000 4,261,000 4,179,000

Jun 2011

3,467,000 4,366,000 4,168,000

Jul 2011

3,676,000 4,261,000 4,180,000

Aug 2011

3,358,000 4,298,000 4,189,000

Sep 2011

3,763,000 4,429,000 4,213,000

Oct 2011

3,650,000 4,370,000 4,147,000

Nov 2011

3,485,000 4,365,000 4,237,000

Dec 2011

3,662,000 4,356,000 4,090,000

Jan 2012

3,904,000 4,457,000 4,195,000

Feb 2012

3,605,000 4,560,000 4,322,000

Mar 2012

3,976,000 4,575,000 4,257,000

Apr 2012

3,878,000 4,389,000 4,329,000

May 2012

3,861,000 4,533,000 4,430,000

Jun 2012

3,916,000 4,440,000 4,383,000

Jul 2012

3,790,000 4,327,000 4,178,000

Aug 2012

3,839,000 4,450,000 4,338,000

Sep 2012

3,861,000 4,302,000 4,100,000

Oct 2012

3,808,000 4,389,000 4,260,000

Nov 2012

3,787,000 4,489,000 4,303,000

Dec 2012

3,840,000 4,452,000 4,117,000

Jan 2013

3,915,000 4,487,000 4,381,000

Feb 2013

3,981,000 4,571,000 4,257,000

Mar 2013

4,080,000 4,369,000 4,215,000

Apr 2013

4,078,000 4,572,000 4,424,000

May 2013

4,173,000 4,663,000 4,433,000

Jun 2013

4,166,000 4,440,000 4,313,000

Jul 2013

3,946,000 4,561,000 4,459,000

Aug 2013

4,112,000 4,730,000 4,522,000

Sep 2013

4,105,000 4,726,000 4,521,000

Oct 2013

4,268,000 4,518,000 4,354,000

Nov 2013

4,002,000 4,622,000 4,332,000

Dec 2013

3,996,000 4,614,000 4,387,000

Jan 2014

4,131,000 4,626,000 4,464,000

Feb 2014

4,347,000 4,696,000 4,511,000

Mar 2014

4,388,000 4,763,000 4,498,000

Apr 2014

4,662,000 4,880,000 4,584,000

May 2014

4,775,000 4,808,000 4,569,000

Jun 2014

4,999,000 4,925,000 4,617,000

Jul 2014

4,919,000 5,008,000 4,786,000

Aug 2014

5,383,000 4,810,000 4,654,000

Sep 2014

4,876,000 5,149,000 4,861,000

Oct 2014

5,066,000 5,111,000 4,941,000

Nov 2014

4,719,000 4,978,000 4,642,000

Dec 2014

4,981,000 5,192,000 4,815,000

Jan 2015

5,362,000 5,061,000 4,911,000

Feb 2015

5,446,000 5,127,000 4,828,000

Mar 2015

5,208,000 5,126,000 5,064,000

Apr 2015

5,712,000 5,196,000 4,942,000

May 2015

5,599,000 5,142,000 4,826,000

Jun 2015

5,263,000 5,125,000 4,992,000

Jul 2015

6,143,000 5,150,000 4,887,000

Aug 2015

5,510,000 5,163,000 5,055,000

Sep 2015

5,445,000 5,287,000 5,114,000

Oct 2015

5,832,000 5,338,000 5,032,000

Nov 2015

5,573,000 5,358,000 5,052,000

Dec 2015

5,676,000 5,540,000 5,208,000

Jan 2016

5,994,000 5,204,000 5,144,000

Feb 2016

5,757,000 5,559,000 5,282,000

Mar 2016

6,137,000 5,362,000 5,140,000

Apr 2016

5,868,000 5,277,000 5,122,000

May 2016

5,812,000 5,206,000 5,137,000

Jun 2016

5,768,000 5,277,000 5,061,000

Jul 2016

6,094,000 5,419,000 5,114,000

Aug 2016

5,716,000 5,301,000 5,188,000

Sep 2016

5,816,000 5,283,000 4,988,000

Oct 2016

5,626,000 5,234,000 5,098,000

Nov 2016

5,867,000 5,316,000 5,114,000

Dec 2016

5,835,000 5,380,000 5,087,000

Jan 2017

5,607,000 5,517,000 5,338,000

Feb 2017

5,872,000 5,366,000 5,141,000

Mar 2017

5,816,000 5,395,000 5,254,000

Apr 2017

6,142,000 5,265,000 5,101,000

May 2017

5,851,000 5,454,000 5,280,000

Jun 2017

6,351,000 5,642,000 5,457,000

Jul 2017

6,354,000 5,502,000 5,351,000

Aug 2017

6,335,000 5,528,000 5,368,000

Sep 2017

6,239,000 5,401,000 5,334,000

Oct 2017

6,383,000 5,635,000 5,347,000

Nov 2017

6,204,000 5,473,000 5,221,000

Dec 2017

6,235,000 5,426,000 5,265,000

Jan 2018

6,645,000 5,511,000 5,346,000

Feb 2018

6,575,000 5,669,000 5,276,000

Mar 2018

6,865,000 5,629,000 5,475,000

Apr 2018

6,985,000 5,587,000 5,449,000

May 2018

7,028,000 5,819,000 5,513,000

Jun 2018

7,280,000 5,783,000 5,558,000

Jul 2018

7,326,000 5,691,000 5,579,000

Aug 2018

7,249,000 5,792,000 5,568,000

Sep 2018

7,282,000 5,610,000 5,517,000

Oct 2018

7,237,000 5,855,000 5,638,000

Nov 2018

7,509,000 5,818,000 5,692,000

Dec 2018

7,303,000 5,762,000 5,569,000

Jan 2019

7,520,000 5,834,000 5,590,000

Feb 2019

7,048,000 5,703,000 5,676,000

Mar 2019

7,364,000 5,689,000 5,553,000

Apr 2019

7,284,000 6,000,000 5,763,000

May 2019

7,300,000 5,687,000 5,547,000

Jun 2019

7,185,000 5,760,000 5,568,000

Jul 2019

7,236,000 5,975,000 5,769,000

Aug 2019

7,166,000 5,839,000 5,660,000

Sep 2019

7,046,000 5,959,000 5,739,000

Oct 2019

7,309,000 5,757,000 5,580,000

Nov 2019

6,793,000 5,857,000 5,657,000

Dec 2019

6,552,000 5,927,000 5,762,000

Jan 2020

7,012,000 5,925,000 5,703,000

Feb 2020

7,004,000 5,864,000 5,595,000

Mar 2020

6,011,000 5,111,000 14,643,000

Apr 2020

5,046,000 3,524,000 9,888,000

Job openings decreased to 5.0 million on the last business day of April. Over the month, hires declined to 3.5 million, a record low. The changes in these measures reflect the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — April 2020." Also see more charts on job openings, hires, and separations, and Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Job Openings and Labor Turnover data for April 2020.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Total nonfarm job separations decreased to 9.9 million in April 2020 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/total-nonfarm-job-separations-decreased-to-9-point-9-million-in-april-2020.htm (visited October 22, 2020).

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