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U.S. job openings fell by 8.7 percent in April compared to March, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Associated Press reported the job openings number was the lowest in five months. The job openings rate — a measure of job openings compared with total employment — was 2.5 percent in April, down from 2.7 percent in March.
The number of hires fell by 3.7 percent in April from the previous month, but was up 4.0 percent year over year.
Separations fell 1.9 percent in April from March, but rose 7.6 percent on a year-over-year basis. Separations include involuntary job losses as well as voluntary job losses such as from quits and retirements.