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Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, November 9, 2010 USDL-10-1545

Job Openings and Labor Turnover - September 2010

There were 2.9 million job openings on the last business day of
September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The job
openings rate was little changed over the month at 2.2 percent. The
hires rate and separations rate both remained at 3.2 percent in
September. This release includes estimates of the number and rate of
job openings, hires, and separations for the total nonfarm sector by
industry and geographic region.

Job Openings
The number of job openings in September was 2.9 million, which was
little changed from August. Although the month-to-month change is
small, the number of job openings in September was 25 percent higher
than the number at the most recent series trough in July 2009. (See
table 1.) This trough immediately followed the end of the recession in
June 2009 (as designated by the National Bureau of Economic Research).
Even with the gains since July 2009, the number of job openings in
September remained below the 4.4 million jobs open when the recession
began in December 2007.

The number of job openings in September (not seasonally adjusted)
increased from 12 months earlier for total nonfarm and total private.
The level was little changed over the year for government overall but
increased for federal government. Over the year, the job openings
level decreased in two industries and increased in four industries.
The job openings level was essentially unchanged over the year in 3 of
the 4 regions but increased in the West. (See table 5.)

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