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Job Openings in U.S. at 14-Year High Signal Companies Upbeat

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Job openings climbed to a 14-year high in February, indicating companies are optimistic about the prospects for sales and the U.S. economy after a recent setback.

The number of positions waiting to be filled climbed by 168,000 to 5.13 million, the most since January 2001, a report from the Labor Department showed Tuesday. Dismissals dropped to the lowest level since November 2013.