US Job Openings Rise, Outnumber the Unemployed by 1 Million

Labor News

In this March 7, 2019, photo visitors to the Pittsburgh veterans job fair meet with recruiters at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. On March 15, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for January. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

Reprinted from The New York Times by The Associated Press on March 15, 2019.

US employers posted nearly 7.6 million open jobs in January, near a record high set in November. It’s evidence that businesses are still hungry for workers despite signs the economy has slowed.

The Labor Department says hiring also rose and the number of people quitting their jobs picked up.

The number of open jobs now outnumbers the unemployed by roughly 1 million. In the 18 years that the data has been tracked, there were always more unemployed than job openings until last year. …

NY Times 3/15

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