For months we have been warning that at a time when the US economy is careening into a hard landing recession, the manipulated, seasonally-adjusted, and politically goalseeked job openings data released as part of the DOL’s JOLTS report is sheer rubbish (see “US Job Openings Far Lower Than Reported By Department Of Labor”; “Handle The JOLTS Data With Care”, “Just Make it Up: Job Openings Unexpectedly Soar As Labor Department Now Guessing What The Number Is”). Today, the BLS finally got the memo.
With consensus expecting only a modest drop in the June job openings from 9.582 million to 9.5 million, what the BLS reported instead was a doozy: in June there were just 8.827 million job openings, the first sub-9 million print since March 2021. It was also the 3rd biggest miss on record!
Worse, had the BLS not drastically slashed the May number from 9.582MM to a laughable 9.165MM, the drop would have been almost 800K job openings. And yes, today’s downward revision…
… continues the recent trend of every single data point int he Biden administration being revised sharply lower in subsequent month(s), in a coordinated propaganda attempt to make the economy look stronger, then quietly revise it away when everyone forgets.
All the 2023 monthly jobs data was revised lower and now all the housing data has also been revised… drumroll… lower pic.twitter.com/20Om6rHvFJ
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) August 23, 2023
Every monthly payrolls number in 2023 has been revised lower to manipulate perception and markets pic.twitter.com/T6qyXuqY7a
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) August 4, 2023
Industrial Production 1.0%, Exp. 0.3%, Last revised lower to -0.8%
Manufacturing production 0.5%, Exp. 0.0%, Last revised lower to -0.5%
Cap utilization 79.3%, Exp. 79.1%, Last revised lower to 78.6%
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) August 16, 2023
This means that the 3-month drop in job openings was 1.5 million, the second highest on record, surpassed just by the economic shutdown during the covid crash.
According to the BLS, the largest decrease in job openings was in professional and business services (-198,000); health care and social assistance (-130,000); state and local government, excluding education (-67,000); state and local government education (-62,000); and federal government (-27,000). By contrast, job openings increased in information (+101,000) and in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+75,000)
The plunge in the number of job openings meant that in June the number of job openings was just 2.986 million more than the number of unemployed workers, the lowest since August 2021.
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