Key Points:

  • The number of available jobs since May 2021 continues to outnumber Americans looking for work.
  • Job openings were little changed at 9.6 million in June.
  • Job openings increased in health care and social assistance (+136,000) and in state and local government, excluding education (+62,000).
  • Job openings decreased in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (-78,000), state and local government education (-29,000), and federal government (-21,000).
  • The U.S. added 209,000 jobs in June but there were 6.0 million people unemployed, down from 6.1 million in May.
  • In June, the number of hires and total separations decreased to 5.9 million and 5.6 million, respectively.
  • Within separations, the number of quits decreased to 3.8 million, and layoffs and discharges changed little at 1.5 million.
  • The number of quits decreased in several industries, with the largest decreases in retail trade (-95,000), health care and social assistance (-75,000), and construction (-51,000).
  • Layoffs and discharges increased in professional and business services (+112,000) in June.
  • The labor force participation rate was unchanged over the month at 62.6% in June and remains 0.7% below its February 2020 level.
  • The Right Facts will continue to monitor unemployment and job openings.