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US job openings total 5.4 million in October

'Now Hiring' signage is displayed as job seekers wait in line to enter the San Jose Career Fair in San Jose, California.
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'Now Hiring' signage is displayed as job seekers wait in line to enter the San Jose Career Fair in San Jose, California.

Job openings were little changed in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday.

The tally came in at 5.4 million in October, according to the JOLTS report, a measure of job openings and labor turnover in the U.S. The job openings rate for the month was 3.6 percent.

Job openings rose over the year for several industries with the largest gains in health care and social assistance, retail trade and government. The increases were also seen in three out of four geographic regions in the country.

Openings decreased over the year in the finance and insurance and mining and logging sectors.

The number of hires in October was 5.1 million, at a rate of 3.6 percent.

There were 1.7 million layoffs and discharges, little changed from September. The layoffs and discharges rate remained at 1.2 percent.

JOLTS, a closely-followed barometer of labor conditions, measures employee movements in non-farm, private businesses and government, as well as job hires and separations in different industries.