Most Job Separations are to Transition to New Work

On the last business day of June 2018, the number of total separations (which includes quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations) was little changed at 5.5 million, compared with 5.4 million in May 2018. When compared to unemployment rates these separations are mostly for new work.

The number of quits was little changed in June at 3.4 million. The number of quits has been near or above 3.0 million since late 2015. It was below 2.0 million during and in the years after the 2007–2009 recession.

There were 1.7 million layoffs and discharges in June. The number of layoffs and discharges has been below 2.0 million since mid-2010. It was over 2.5 million during 2009.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see “Job Openings and Labor Turnover — June 2018.” Also see charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and separations.