Job Openings Steady at 6.9 Million in January

Washington, DC, March 11, 2021-The number of job openings changed little at 6.9 million on the last business day of January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Hires were little changed at 5.3 million while total separations decreased to 5.3 million. Within separations, the quits rate and layoffs and discharges rate changed little at 2.3% and 1.2%, respectively. 

The annual number of hires at 73.1 million and the annual number of layoffs and discharges at 41.0 million increased in 2020. The annual number of quits at 36.3 million decreased in 2020.