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US employers advertised more open jobs in February

11 months ago Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:42:10 AM CDT April 08, 2014 Tuesday, April 08 2014 Apr 8, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 percent from January. That's the highest number of postings since January 2008, when the Great Recession was just beginning and the economy had yet to suffer the full shock of the downturn.

Total hiring edged up 1.5 percent to 4.6 million in February. That's still less than a healthy job market, where around 5 million people are hired each month.

Hiring has accelerated over the past two months after a winter slowdown. After factoring in job losses, employers added 192,000 jobs in March and 197,000 in February, the government said last Friday.

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