Job open­ings are high­est on record

It’s tak­ing em­ploy­ers time and ef­fort to fill po­si­tions at of­fered pay

The Dallas Morning News - - Economy & You -

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.

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