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BLS Report: 3.7 Million Job Openings in July

September 11 2012

The number of job openings on the last business day of July edged down in July to about 3.7 million, 1.6 percent lower than in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover, released today. The job openings rate — a measure of job openings compared with total employment — remained steady at 2.7 percent. However, the number of job openings is up 8.9 percent from year-ago levels.

The hires rate (3.2 percent) and separations rate (3.0 percent) also remained stable in July from June.

All industries showed little change in the number of openings, except health care and social assistance, where the number decreased. The number of openings was also stable in all four regions in July. The number of job openings in July (not seasonally adjusted) increased over the year for total nonfarm, total private, and government. Job openings increased over the year for several industries but fell in mining and logging and arts, entertainment, and recreation. Three of the four regions — Midwest, Northeast, and South — experienced a rise in job openings over the year.

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