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Sunday, April 28, 2013

How Many People Fired or Hired in 2013? (December 2013 update - released in February 2014)


The LOWEST number of people were laid off in 2013 since 2000 when the JOLTS (Job Openings, Layoffs, and Turnover Survey) was first published.

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Number of people hired, fired, number of jobs for 2014 HERE.


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How many people have lost or gained their jobs so far in 2013?  How many people have been fired or hired so far in 2013?



The number of jobs reported as created or lost the first Friday of each month is a NET number:  In other words, the number of jobs gained after all jobs lost are subtracted, or the number of jobs lost after all jobs gained are added. Remember that, in good times and bad, jobs are lost and jobs are added every month.  In good times and bad, millions of people quit, millions of people are hired, and millions of people are laid off or fired every month.






The monthly JOLTS report (Jobs Openings, Layoffs, Turnover Survey), breaks down the number of people hired, laid off, and or who quit.  It is published a month behind the regular monthly jobs report.  Over time, the monthly report and the JOLTS report provide very similar numbers.  The following numbers are based on the latest report for December 2013, which was released in February 2014.  The next JOLTS report, for January 2014, will not be released until March. 



How many people have been LAID OFF or FIRED in total in 2013 so far?

  • January:                               1,520,000
  • February:                              1,572,000
  • March:                                     1,686,000
  • April:                                   1,741,000
  • May:                                    1,752,000
  • June:                                   1,602,000  
  • July:                                    1,589,000
  • August:                                1,676,000
  • September:                           1,756,000
  • October:                                1,504,000
  • November:                            1,499,000
  • December:                            1,608,000 
  • Total 2013:                        19,505,000

    Note:  This is the LOWEST number of people laid off in a year going back to the year 2000 when the JOLTS report was first published.

How many people have been laid off or fired each day in 2013 so far?
  • An average of 53,438 people have been laid off or fired each day in 2013.  This is the lowest number of people laid off or fired per day for any year since 2000.


How many people have QUIT their jobs in 2013 so far?


  • January:            2,260,000            
  • February:           2,286,000
  • March:               2,099,000
  • April:                 2,185,000
  • May:                  2,233,000
  • June:                 2,205,000
  • July:                  2,342,000
  • August:              2,364,000
  • September:         2,327,000
  • October:             2,382,000
  • November:          2,414,000
  • December:          2,373,000
  • Total 2013:       27,470,000
Note:  An average of 75,260 people quit their jobs EACH DAY in 2013.  This is the highest number of quits in a year in five years, since 2008.  Increasing numbers of quits are a good thing, as they indicate both that people are willing to take a chance and quit an old job to take a new job and that people are finding new jobs and, as a result, quitting their old jobs.  Notice that many more people are now quitting their jobs vs. being laid off or fired.     

How many people have left their work for OTHER reasons (like retirement) in 2013 so far?

  • January:            393,000
  • February:           323,000
  • March:               338,000
  • April:                 360,000
  • May:                  396,000
  • June:                 420,000  
  • July:                  342,000
  • August:              365,000
  • September:         394,000
  • October:             319,000
  • November:          365,000
  • December:          390,000
  • Total 2013:      4,405,000    

    Note:  An average of 12,100 people left their jobs for "other reasons" like retirement EACH DAY in 2013.


How many total separations in 2013 so far?



  • January:           4,173,000
  • February:          4,180,000
  • March:              4,123,000
  • April:                4,287,000
  • May:                 4,381,000
  • June:                4,228,000
  • July:                 4,273,000
  • August:             4,405,000
  • September:        4,477,000
  • October:            4,205,000
  • November:         4,278,000
  • December:         4,370,000
  • Total 2013:      51,380,000 

Note:  An average of 140,767 people left their jobs for any reason EACH DAY in 2013. 




How many people have been hired in 2013 so far?



  • January:            4,298,000 
  • February:           4,451,000
  • March:               4,227,000
  • April:                 4,395,000
  • May:                  4,490,000
  • June:                    4,318,000
  • July:                  4,497,000
  • August:              4,559,000
  • September:         4,632,000
  • October:             4,484,000
  • November:          4,529,000
  • December:          4,437,000
  • Total 2013:       53,317,000

Note:  An average of 146,073 people were HIRED EACH DAY in 2013.  That means that, on average, 6,000 MORE people were hired each day in 2013 than left their jobs for any reason.  

How many jobs have been gained or lost (NET:  Hires minus Separations) in 2013 so far?

  • January:            +125,000
  • February:           +271,000           
  • March:               +104,000
  • April:                 +108,000
  • May:                  +109,000
  • June:                 +  90,000 
  • July:                  +224,000
  • August:              +154,000
  • September:         +155,000
  • October:             +279,000  
  • November:          +251,000
  • December:          +  67,000
  • Total 2013:      +1,937,000  


    Net job growth reported in 2013 through December 2013 from the CES (Current employment survey):  +2,322,000.  
    Over time, as more complete data is received, the numbers from JOLTS and CES tend to become very close.

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