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“The number of job openings reached a series high of 7.3 million on the last business day of December,” the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Tuesday.

Key takeaways from the press release

  • The  job openings rate was 4.7 percent.
  • The number of job openings edged up for total private (+198,000) and  was little changed for government.  
  • Over the month, hires and separations were little  changed at 5.9 million and 5.5 million, respectively.
  • The number of hires was little changed at 5.9 million in December. The hires rate was 3.9 percent.