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The quits rate for the month of May held relatively steady at 4.3 million, a slight decrease from April, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The quits rate was also little changed, coming in at 2.8% after April’s 2.9%.

There were 11.3 million open jobs in May, a 427,000 decrease from April.

Where job openings increased

  • Retail trade (+104,000)
  • Accommodation and food services (+73,000)
  • Wholesale trade (+45,000)
  • Health care and social assistance (+32,000)
  • State and local education (+13,000)

Where job openings decreased

  • Professional and business services (-325,000)
  • Durable goods manufacturing (-138,000)
  • Nondurable goods manufacturing (-70,000)
  • Other services (-50,000)
  • State and local government, excluding education (-33,000)

Net employment increased over the 12 months ending in May, reflecting a gain of 6.4 million. Hires totaled 78.4 million and separations (which include quits, layoffs, discharges, and other separations) totaled 72.0 million.

2022 State of Staffing