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Job Openings in U.S. Climbed to Record 6.17 Million in July

Commuters disembark from New Jersey Transit trains to take ferries or PATH trains during a morning commute to Penn Station on the first day of interruptions in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, July 10, 2017. All three railroads that use New York's Pennsylvania Station have warned their riders, veteran sufferers of delays and crowding, of fewer trains during rush hours while Amtrak makes track and signal repairs. For the next eight weeks, few of the 650,000 people who use Penn Station every day will be immune from the work.
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U.S. job openings unexpectedly rose to a record in July, indicating resilient demand for workers, Labor Department figures showed on Tuesday.

A rising trend in available positions highlights robust labor conditions as steady sales and economic growth keep companies on the hunt. A tighter job market has also placed a premium on skilled and experienced employees, helping explain why economists anticipate smaller monthly payrolls growth as those workers are on staff.