Worried about the state of the U.S. labor market? Don't be.
Here's Bloomberg's comments on this morning's release of the Job Openings and Labor Turnover (JOLTS) Report (the last line speaks to our position on inflation going forward):
In the latest indications of strong, tight conditions in the labor market, job openings rose to a higher-than-expected 6.170 million in July for a 0.9 percent increase from June. Hirings also rose, up 1.3 percent to 5.501 million which, however, is 669,000 below openings. Openings have been far ahead of hirings for the past several years to indicate that employers are having a hard time filling positions.
Other indications are steady to higher with the separation rate at 3.6 percent, the quits rate at 2.2 percent, and the layoff rate at 1.2 percent. The only employment data that aren't strong, in data however that are not part of the JOLTS report, are wages, yet job openings in this report are certain to catch the eye of the more hawkish FOMC policy makers who continue to warn that wage-push inflation is inevitable.