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Less Hiring—Not More Layoffs—Is Root Case of Weak Job Market

Created on September 4, 2014

Less Hiring—Not More Layoffs—Is Root Case of Weak Job Market

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In the aftermath of the recession, there was a dropoff in new hires and a spike in layoffs. However, the number of layoffs returned to pre-recession levels within a year, while six years later new hires remain significantly below the pre-recession level of 15.4 million jobs per quarter.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey”/Haver Analytics.

CHART 6 • BG 2722 (2014)

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