Every month the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases data on hiring, firing, and other labor market flows from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, better known as JOLTS. Today, the BLS released the latest data for December 2019. This report doesn’t get as much attention as the monthly Employment Situation Report, but it contains useful information about the state of the U.S. labor market. Below are a few key graphs using data from the report. 1. The quits rate remain unchanged at 2.3% in December, reflecting workers’ confidence in the labor market despite a slight decrease in job openings by 364,000. 2. The ratio of hires per job openings increased due to the decline in openings, while the level of hires changed little. 3. The ratio of
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