US job openings tick up in April

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The U.S. labor market added 5.4 million job openings in April, slightly higher than the previous month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. (Tweet this)

April's numbers were up from 5 million job openings in March. The job openings rate for April was 3.7 percent, which was an increase for total private and essentially unchanged for government.

This is the highest monthly reading since the series began in December 2000, reports the government agency.

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The number of jobs increased over the 12 months ending in April for total nonfarm, total private, and government. The largest increases were seen in the professional and business services and in health care and social assistance. Job openings decreased over the year in mining and logging and in arts and entertainment.

April hires came in at 5 million, little changed from March. The hires rate was 3.5 percent in April.

There were 4.9 million total separations in April, also little changed from the previous month. The separations rate was 3.5 percent. Separations includes quits, layoffs and discharges, and is also known as turnover.