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US Job Openings Decline From Record While Remaining Elevated

  • Vacancies decreased to 11.4 million in April from 11.9 million
  • Data show 1.9 jobs for every unemployed person, key Fed metric
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US job openings fell in April from a record in the prior month though remained elevated at roughly double the number of unemployed Americans, suggesting little relief for employers struggling to attract and retain workers.

The number of available positions decreased to 11.4 million in the month from an upwardly revised 11.9 million in March, the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, showed Wednesday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for 11.35 million openings.