Monthly jobs openings — a gauge of the U.S. economy that's closely watched by Fed Chair Janet Yellen — were little changed in March from February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Tuesday.
The number of openings was at 5.7 million on the last business day of the month, the monthly report from the Labor Department said.
U.S. job openings had previously risen to a seven-month high in February — as the pace of hiring slipped — increasing 118,000 spots to a seasonally adjusted 5.7 million, the agency last reported.
For the month of March, the Labor Department reported hires and separations were also little changed at 5.3 million and 5.1 million, respectively.
Job openings grew in March across professional and business services, and state and local government education, while they fell in mining and logging, the latest data show.