372,000 Fewer Americans Hired in January

Hires declined by a greater percentage than decline in job separations

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There were 372,000 fewer Americans who were hired in January, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There were 5,401,000 hires in December 2015. That number declined to 5,029,000 in January 2016.

“Large number of hires and separations occur every month throughout the business cycle,” states the bureau. “Net employment change results from the relationship between hires and separations.”

There were 4,903,000 million separations in January, which include individuals who left their job, either because they quit, were laid off, or were discharged. That number declined from 5,128,000 in December, a decline of 225,000.

“When the number of hires exceeds the number of separations, employment rises, even if the hires level is steady or declining,” states the bureau. “Conversely, when the number of hires is less than the number of separations, employment declines, even if the hires level is steady or rising.”

While the number of Americans leaving their job declined by 4.4 percent in January, the number of hires declined by a greater rate of 6.9 percent.

Of those who left their job in January, 2.8 million quit voluntarily, representing 57 percent of total separations. There were 1.7 million layoffs and discharges in January, which represents 35 percent of separations.

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Ali Meyer is a staff writer with the Washington Free Beacon covering economic issues that expose government waste, fraud, and abuse. Prior to the Free Beacon, she was a multimedia reporter with CNSNews.com where her work appeared on outlets such as Drudge Report and Fox News. She also interned with the Heritage Foundation and Pacific Research Institute. Her Twitter handle is @DJAliMeyer, and her email address is meyer@freebeacon.com.

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