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The number of job openings was little changed in June, according to today’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary from the BLS. Meanwhile, both hires and total separations declined.

As of the last business day of the month, there were 9.6 million job openings. More jobs became available in health care and social assistance (+136,000) and in state and local government, excluding education (+62,000), while transportation, warehousing, and utilities (-78,000), state and local government education (-29,000), and federal government (-21,000) saw decreases.

Hires and total separations declined during the month, though both rates remained steady. Hires fell to 5.9 million (-326,000), with durable goods manufacturing (-54,000) and finance and insurance (-54,000) experiencing the largest decreases. 

Total separations decreased to 5.6 million (-288,000), with retail trade (-134,000), health care and social assistance (-84,000), and durable goods manufacturing (-54,000) seeing the largest declines. Quits fell to 3.8 million, while layoffs and discharges remained relatively steady at 1.5 million.