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Private job openings up in September

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(Read caption) This chart shows the annual and monthly changes in private non-farm job openings since 2005. After bottoming out in 2009, openings have been slowly recovering over the past two years.

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Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their latest monthly read of job availability and labor turnover (JOLT) showing that private non-farm job “openings” increased 6.75% since August climbing 23.01% above the level seen in September 2010 while private non-farm job “hires” increased 5.26% from August climbing 10.24% above the level seen in September 2010.

Job “layoffs and discharges” climbed 3.47% from August climbing 7.91% above the level seen last year while quitting activity increased 2.33% from August and 12.19% above the level seen in September 2010.

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It’s important to understand that job “quits” are included as a component of the “separations” data series as “quitting” is a valid means of workers “separating” from employers but their inclusion tends to create an overall procyclical trend in what would otherwise be logically thought of as a countercyclical process (i.e. downturn leads to increase in separations not decrease).