- by New Deal democrat
The JOLTS report for November showed both continuing decelerating trends in some series, but overall a picture of a labor market that continued “hot.”
Here’s the graph I ran one month ago of job openings, hires, quits, and total separations:
Now here is an update for the past 2 years of all four series:
Three of the four series - openings, hires, and total separations - show a pattern of continued deceleration since the beginning of this past spring, although only hires made a new 12+ month low is this report. Only quits appear consistent with a stabilizing market - although they too could be read as decelerating.
At the same time, both openings and hires continue at levels above any month that predated the pandemic.
In the eight years before the pandemic, layoffs and discharges averaged 1800 +/-100 monthly, with a low of 1500. Since the end of the pandemic lockdowns, they have averaged 1400 +/-100. At 1350 in November, they continue right in that range:
Taken as a whole, the JOLTS data for November implies a hot labor market; just not as hot as before.