US: JOLTS


Tue Nov 07 09:00:00 CST 2017

Consensus Consensus Range Actual Previous Revised
Job Openings 6.082M 6.050M to 6.125M 6.093M 6.082M 6.090M

Highlights
September job openings edged up slightly to a very abundant 6.093 million from a revised 6.090 million in August. Over the month, hires and separations were also little changed at 5.3 million and 5.2 million, respectively. Within separations, the quits rate and the layoffs and discharges rate were little changed at 2.2 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively.

Large numbers of hires and separations occur every month throughout the business cycle. Net employment change results from the relationship between hires and separations. When the number of hires exceeds the number of separations, employment rises, even if the hires level is steady or declining. Conversely, when the number of hires is less than the number of separations, employment declines, even if the hires level is steady or rising. These totals include workers who may have been hired and separated more than once during the year.

Market Consensus Before Announcement
At 4.1 percent, the unemployment rate is low and consistent with full employment which is also the signal from the JOLTS report where job openings have been running over 6 million and nearly matching the number of unemployed actively looking for work. Econoday's consensus for September job openings is 6.082 million.

Definition
The Labor Department's JOLTS report tracks monthly change in job openings and offers rates on hiring and quits. The reporting period lags other employment data including the employment situation report. The word JOLTS stands for Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey.



Description
Although lagging the release timing of the employment situation report by a month, JOLTS provides additional information on the labor market. The payroll survey in the employment situation report provides numbers on net job changes. JOLTS breaks down labor market data into pre-net changesâ€such as job openings, hires, and separations.