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Job openings in the US increased more than expected in November, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) released on Tuesday.
Openings totaled 5.522 million, rising from a downward revised tally of 5.451 million in October, and more than expected. Economists had forecast 5.5 million openings.
While the monthly jobs report provides a breakdown of employment, the JOLTS report gets into how many opportunities are available as well as the pace of layoffs and resignations.
The quits rate was unchanged for a sixth straight month at 2.1%, staying near the highest level since the recession. A higher quits rate suggests that people have more options in the labor market or are confident in finding new jobs after they resign, and is one of the labor-market indicators that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has favored.
The December jobs report released on Friday showed that US wages rose at the fastest pace since mid-2009 as the economy added 175,000 nonfarm payrolls, fewer than expected.