HOUSTON, June 8 (Xinhua) — The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday that the number of job openings increased while the number of hires changed little in April in the country.
On the last business day of April, the job openings level and rate increased to series highs of 9.3 million and 6 percent, respectively. The job openings series began in December 2000. Job openings increased in a number of industries with the largest increases in accommodation and food services, other services, and durable goods manufacturing.
In April, the number of hires changed little at 6.1 million. The hires rate was unchanged at 4.2 percent. Hires increased in accommodation and food services and in federal government.
Over the month the number of total separations increased to 5.8 million. The total separations rate was little changed at 4 percent. Within separations, the quits rate increased to series highs of 2.7 percent and the layoffs and discharges rate were little changed at 1 percent.
Over the 12 months ending in April, hires totaled 75.4 million and separations totaled 64 million, yielding a net employment gain of 11.3 million. These totals included workers who might have been hired and separated more than once during the year.