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The number of job openings in December crept up to 9.0 million according to the most recent BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover report, following 8.8 million openings in November.

Where job openings increased

  • Professional and business services (+239,000)
  • Health care and social assistance (+63,000)
  • Retail trade (+50,000)
  • Durable goods manufacturing (+29,000)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (+26,000)

Where job openings decreased

  • Accommodation and food services (-121,000)
  • Wholesale trade (-83,000)
  • Other services (-46,000)
  • Information (-35,000)
  • Transportation, warehousing, and utilities (-34,000)

The number of quits declined slightly to 3.4 million after November’s 3.5 million. The quits rate stayed the same at 2.2%.