Midwest Job Openings & Hiring Activity

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released May 2015 figures from its Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), which tracks job openings, hires, and separations (quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations including retirement).

The seasonally adjusted ratio of unemployed persons per job opening – an indication of labor market activity and competitiveness – decreased slightly to 1.4 candidates per job opening in the Midwest in May. This is down notably from a ratio of 1.9 a year ago and marks, once again, the lowest ratio in more than a decade. The U.S. ratio remains unchanged at 1.6 in May.Jolt unemployment June 2015

Midwest hiring activity expanded 2 percent year-over-year – less than the nation’s growth of 4 percent over the same time period – to reach 1.16 million new hires in May 2015.

The quit rate, which reflects the share of employees who left voluntarily (except retirements or transfers), is highly correlated with wage growth. Employees tend to quit and switch jobs during periods of economic growth. The Midwest’s quit rate remains unchanged at 1.9 from last month.

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This data reflects the most recent BLS revisions. The full press release and data can be found on the BLS website.

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