Friday, November 19, 2021

Georgia workers experience higher levels of layoffs and discharges in September; fewer workers leave their job voluntarily

 In September, the number of job openings posted by employers and the number of hires were little changed from August, while the number of people quitting their jobs declined.

Job openings and hires

Georgia reported 415,000 job openings as of the last day of September as compared to 416,000 job openings reported for the last day in August. The September job openings rate stood at 8.3 percent. The national openings rate stood at 6.6 percent.

Georgia employers hired 253,000 workers in September, compared to 255,000 hired in August. The September hire rate was 5.5 percent as compared to the national rate of 4.4 percent.

In September 2020, there were 246,000 job openings in Georgia on the last day of the month. Employers hired 215,000 workers during the month of September 2020.

Separations and quits

Total separations in Georgia reached 245,000 in September with a separations rate of 5.4 percent. Nationally, the total separations rate stood at 4.2 percent.

Within total separations, workers choosing to leave their jobs voluntarily (quits) totaled 168,000 compared to 195,000 in August. The quits rate for September fell to 3.7 percent, down from 4.3 percent in August, For the nation, the September quits rate was 3.0 percent.

Although the number of quits decreased in September, the state remains on track for a record number of job quitters this year. In the first nine months of 2021, 1,427,000 workers have quit their jobs outpacing any other year since the start of the series in 2000.

The number of separations due to layoffs and discharges rose in September to 59,000, up from 42,000 in August. The layoffs and discharge rate increased to 1.3 percent in September, up from 0.9 percent in August. Nationally, the layoffs and discharge rate remained unchanged over the month at 0.9 percent.

About the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey 

Definitions and Methodology (National/State). Shared definitions and procedures for National and State JOLTS Estimates can be found at: 

Job openings include all positions that are open on the last business day of the reference month. The job openings rate is computed by dividing the number of job openings by the sum of employment and job openings and multiplying that quotient by 100. 

Hires include all additions to the payroll during the entire reference month, including newly hired and rehired employees; full-time and part-time employees; permanent, short-term, and seasonal employees; employees who were recalled to a job at the location following a layoff (formal suspension from pay status) lasting more than 7 days; on-call or intermittent employees who returned to work after having been formally separated; workers who were hired and separated during the month, and transfers from other locations. The hires rate is computed by dividing the number of hires by employment and multiplying that quotient by 100. 

Total Separations include all separations from the payroll during the entire reference month and is reported by type of separation:  quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations. Quits include employees who left voluntarily with the exception of retirements or transfers to other locations. Layoffs and discharges includes involuntary separations initiated by the employer including layoffs with no intent to rehire; layoffs (formal suspensions from pay status) lasting or expected to last more than 7 days; discharges resulting from mergers, downsizing, or closings; firings or other discharges for cause; terminations of permanent or short-term employees; and terminations of seasonal employees (whether or not they are expected to return the next season). The separations rate is computed by dividing the number of separations by employment and multiplying that quotient by 100. The quits and layoffs and discharges rates are computed similarly.

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