US job openings unexpectedly grew in August
MINNEAPOLIS (CNN) — The number of job openings at US employers unexpectedly surged in August, a testament to the continued strength of the labor market, according to new data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There were an estimated 9.61 million open jobs in August, according to the BLS’ latest monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report. That’s up from July’s upwardly revised estimate of 8.92 million openings.
The consensus estimate from economists was for 8.8 million openings, according to Refinitiv.
Still, the overall trend remains downward.
The report also showed that the number of new hires ticked up to 5.86 million from 5.82 million in July, the number of workers quitting their jobs increased to 3.64 million from 3.62 million and layoffs held steady at 1.68 million.