Three of four U.S. regions had statistically significant increases in the job openings rate—the number of job openings as a percent of total employment plus job openings, for nonfarm industries—over the 12 months ending in December, according to a report released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationwide, the largest increases in numbers of openings were in health care and social assistance (172,000 openings) and finance and insurance (99,000 openings). There was little year-over-year change on a national or regional level in the number of hires or total separations (turnover).
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