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US job openings rise by 4.3% in September

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Hires and quits decrease

US job openings rose 4.3% in September from August, and they were up 0.4% year over year, according to data released today by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the number of hires fell and fewer people quit their jobs in September.

Julia Pollak, Chief Economist at ZipRecruiter said: “The JOLTS report says that job openings rose to 10.7 million, but other measures in the report suggest the labor market is cooling. Hires fell from 6.3 million to 6.1 million and quits from 4.2 million to 4.1 million.”

Hires were down 4.0% in September compared to August and were down 6.5% year over year.

The number of quits — which are included in separations and are voluntary on the part of employees — fell by 2.9% from the previous month and were down 4.5% year over year.

Layoffs and discharges fell as well by 10.9% from the previous month and by 5.5% year over year.

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