Job Openings Rose to 7.0 Million in January

Washington, DC, March 17, 2020-The number of job openings rose to 7.0 million (+411,000) on the last business day of January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Over the month, hires and separations were little changed at 5.8 million and 5.6 million, respectively. Within separations, the quits rate was unchanged at 2.3%, and the layoffs and discharges rate was little changed at 1.1%. 

The annual number of hires at 69.9 million and the annual number of quits at 42.1 million increased in 2019. The annual number of layoffs and discharges at 21.7 million edged down in 2019.