Workplace Trends

Job openings up 46% since the end of the recession

By Lee Hecht Harrison on May 1, 2012

Job openings held steady with 3.5 million job openings at the end of January, essentially unchanged from December, 2011 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week. The hires rate (3.1%) and separations rate (3.0%) changed little over the month.   And although the number of job openings was still below the 4.3 million openings available when the recession began in December 2007, the number of job openings continues to trend upward and has increased 46% since the end of the recession in June 2009.

Snapshot of Annual Job Openings and Labor Turnover – January 2011 to January 2012:

  • Job Openings Level:  3,459,000 in Jan. 2012 up from 2,860,000 in Jan. 2011
  • Job Openings Rate:  2.5% in Jan. 2012 up from  2.1% in Jan. 2011
  • Hires Rate:  3.1% in Jan. 2012 up from 3.0% in Jan. 2011
  • Turnover Rate:  3.0%  in Jan. 2012 up from 2.9% in Jan. 2011
  • Layoffs/Discharges Rate:  1.2% in Jan. 2012 up from 1.3% in Jan. 2011

Source: JOLTS

2 Responses to “Job openings up 46% since the end of the recession”

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