U.S. JOB OPEN­INGS DE­CLINE IN FEB. FROM RECORD LEVEL

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - MONEY -

U.S. busi­nesses posted fewer open jobs in Fe­bru­ary than they did a month ear­lier, when open­ings reached a record level, the U.S. De­part­ment of La­bor said Fri­day. Open­ings fell 2.8% to 6.05 mil­lion, down from 6.23 mil­lion in Jan­uary, the most on record dat­ing to 2001. Lay­offs dropped a steep 7.7%, to 1.65 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the govern­ment re­port. The U.S. now has 1.08 un­em­ployed peo­ple, on av­er­age, for ev­ery avail­able job. When the Great Re­ces­sion ended, there were 6.7 peo­ple out of work for ev­ery open­ing.

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