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01.14.2015

Midwest Job Openings and Hiring Activity

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released November 2014 figures from its Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), which tracks job openings, hires, and separations (quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations including retirement).

The seasonally adjusted ratio of unemployed persons per job opening – an indication of labor market activity and competitiveness – has fallen to its lowest level since before the recession in the Midwest with 1.6 candidates per job opening in November. The U.S. ratio, at 1.7 candidates per job opening, also fell below its pre-recession level of 1.8.

As shown in the chart below, Midwest hiring activity increased to 116 percent of its pre-recession level with 1.23 million new hires reported in November. Across the U.S., hiring activity increased to 100 percent of its pre-recession level during the same time period.

The full press release and data can be found on the BLS website.

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