Job openings are highest on record
It’s taking employers time and effort to fill positions at offered pay
WASHINGTON — Job openings posted by U.S. employers reached an all-time high in July, suggesting that the steady hiring of the past year will endure.
Openings edged up 0.9 percent from June to 6.2 million, the highest number on record dating to 2000, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Hiring also increased. But the record number of openings makes clear that employers have many jobs to fill but are still searching for qualified workers at the pay levels being offered.
The number of people who quit their jobs also rose, a trend that generally means workers are leaving for better pay.
Sarah House, an economist at Wells Fargo, said that “hiring intentions remained strong” but that coming economic reports would be likely to reflect the negative effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the job market.
More openings were posted in construction and manufacturing, along with health care, professional and business services and the information sector.