U.S. Job Openings Hit Two-Year High, Signaling More Hiring Ahead

April 6, 2021, 2:31 PM

U.S. job openings rose to a two-year high in February, led by gains in some of the industries hardest hit during the pandemic and indicating employers are poised to ramp up hiring in the coming months.

The number of available positions increased to 7.37 million during the month from an upwardly revised 7.1 million in January, the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, showed Tuesday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for 6.9 million openings. Vacancies in health care rose to a record while openings in accommodation and food services increased to...

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