HOUSTON, July 7 (Xinhua) — The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday that the number of job openings and the number of hires both changed little in May in the country.
On the last business day of May, the job openings level changed little at 9.2 million. The job openings rate was unchanged at 6.0 percent. Job openings increased in other services, state and local government education, and educational services.
In May, the number and rate of hires changed little at 5.9 million and 4.1 percent, respectively. Hires decreased in state and local government, excluding education and in federal government.
Over the month, the number and rate of total separations decreased to 5.3 million and 3.7 percent, respectively. Within separations, the quits rate decreased to 2.5 percent and the layoffs and discharges rate were little changed at 0.9 percent.
Over the 12 months ending in May, hires totaled 73.0 million and separations totaled 64.8 million, yielding a net employment gain of 8.2 million. These totals include workers who may have been hired and separated more than once during the year.