News The Balance Today: News You Need To Know on Oct. 4, 2022 Job Openings Dropped—What Does It Mean for You? By Kristin Myers Kristin Myers Instagram Twitter Website Kristin Myers is an award-winning journalist and Editor-in-Chief of The Balance. She previously anchored Yahoo Finance Live, where she also created and hosted "A Time for Change,” a weekly program that explores race, diversity, and inclusion in the world of business, finance, and politics. Kristin holds a master of arts in international journalism from Cardiff University, and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania. learn about our editorial policies Published on October 4, 2022 Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: MoMo Productions / Getty Images The Federal Reserve’s monetary tightening is starting to have an effect on the job market, as job openings dropped to 10.1 million in August, Labor Department data showed today. That’s a steep decline from July’s numbers, when the number of available jobs stood at 11.2 million. A slowing job market is expected as the Fed continues to hike interest rates. And, Fed Chair Jerome Powell has said that the labor market would “soften,” which could bring some “pain.” But that’s exactly what the Fed wants. With inflation continuing to run hot, making it harder and more expensive for all of us to buy groceries, clothes, and other items, the Fed needs to slam the brakes on the economy. And what does a slowing economy bring? Fewer jobs. But it could also bring a recession. The more that the economy slows, the greater the risk of recession, and the less likely it is that the Fed will do aggressive interest rates hikes. And that’s what investors are hoping for. Today, markets are rallying, boosted by the news of declining job openings giving way to optimism the Fed might ease up in its inflation fight. Even with declining employment opportunities, there are still plenty of jobs for people who want them. But that door is narrowing (and quickly, it seems). So if you’re currently seeking a job or just thinking about it, you might want to try to secure one now before a potential recession hits, which would make job hunting much more difficult. This article originally appeared in 'The Balance Today' newsletter. You can get 'The Balance Today' delivered to your inbox daily, just sign up here. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Graphics for Economic News Releases: Job Openings, Hires, and Separations Levels, Seasonally Adjusted." Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Jobs Opening and Labor Turnover Summary." Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. "August 26, 2022: Monetary Policy and Price Stability."