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US jobless numbers drop

Published by Steve Coleman on February 07, 2012

US employers had 3.4 million jobs waiting to be filled in December 2011.

The number of American job vacancies rose by 300,000 from the previous month as manufacturers, retail and business services went looking for more new hires in December.

The Labor Department's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey said monthly job openings that employers planned to fill in the next 30 days has risen about 30 per cent since the end of the 2007-09 recession. The level is still below the 4.4 million mark listed for December 2007.

Job openings in business and professional services rose 149,000 from the previous month, while manufacturers were looking for 22,000 more people. Job openings at retail establishments went up 31,000.

At the other end of the scale, the US jobless rate was listed at 8.5 per cent for the month. In November, the unemployment rate was listed at 8.7 per cent.

The number of job openings has increased about 30 percent since the end of the 2007-09 recession, although they remain well below the 4.4 million level registered in December 2007.

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