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JOLTS: Cracks in a Tight Labor Market

July 6, 2022
Bottom Line:  The Job Openings Layoffs and Turnover Survey is lagged relative to other labor market indicators but provides greater granularity than most. The May report showed a decline in openings, but previous months were revised even higher. Even as openings remained near record highs, there were hints of concern in this report. Hiring in the retail trade sector was sharply lower, as manufacturing hiring edged lower. While seasonal adjustments will be notoriously difficult in the Spring for several years because of the way models will look back at the March to June data during the pandemic, the hiring rates in these key sectors should be cause for concern. Moreover, the quit rate remains near historic highs but has lost upward momentum. Along with turnover, quit rates bear watching going forward, as they tend to lose upward momentum earlier in cycles than some of the other gauges.
Job Openings FELL by 427k in May to 11.254 million, compared with market expectations for an increase to 10.9 million. Government job openings FELL by 12k. Consequently, private-sector job openings FELL by 415k. Over the past 12 months, there were 1.6 million more job openings.
Job Hires
FELL by 38k in May to 6.489 million. Over the past 12 months, there were 397k more job hires. Job Separations ROSE by 18k in May to 5.983 million. Over the past 12 months, there were 470k more job separations.
The Hires to Job openings ratio
ROSE by 0.018 points from 0.559 to 0.577 and is modestly below its 12 month average of 0.590. The Number of Unemployed to Job openings ratio ROSE by 0.02 points from 0.51 to 0.53 and is moderately below its 12 month average of 0.65.
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