WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) — The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday there were 3.4 million job openings posted at the end of September, up from 3.1 million in August.
The total is significantly lower than the 4.4 million job openings listed just before the recession began in December 2007. However, it is a 38 percent increase since the recession ended in June 2009, the Labor Department said.
Job postings are up 7 percent from August.
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Statistics report, known as JOLTS, said there were 4.2 million hires in September, up from 3.6 million in October 2009, which represents the most resent trough.
From the end of the recession until September, hires have increased 17 percent. But hires are still sharply lower than the 5 million hires of December 2007, when the recession began.