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US sees highest level of hiring since 2007

A worker at the Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
Rebecca Cook | Reuters
A worker at the Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Michigan.

The latest figures on U.S. monthly hiring are at their highest level since 2007, according to the Labor Department.

Other key numbers from Thursday's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey included that U.S. job openings totaled 4.7 million on the last business day of September—a slight change from the 4.9 million in August.

Both hires and separations increased in September, to 5.0 million and 4.8 million respectively. Within the separations category, the 2.0 percent quits rate was also an increase.

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The hiring increase—it was up from 4.7 million in August—means the U.S. saw the highest level of hires since December 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Similarly, the number of quits increased from 2.5 million in August to 2.8 million in September. This represented the country's highest level of quits since April 2008.

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