U.S. Job Openings Rose in July as Hiring Accelerated

Demand for workers has remained well above the number of total available workers in a tight labor market that is showing signs of slight loosening.

The Labor Department on 8/30/22 reported there were a seasonally adjusted 11.2 million job openings in July, up from the previous month’s upwardly revised 11 million. Job openings have remained elevated and above 10 million since the summer of 2021.

The number of times workers quit their jobs edged down to 4.2 million in July from the prior month’s 4.3 million. Layoffs and discharges fell slightly to 1.4 million in July from the prior month’s level. Hiring slowed slightly to 6.4 million, down from 6.5 million in June.