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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER: “JOB OPENINGS HIT RECORD HIGH OF 7.3 MILLION IN DECEMBER”

“The number of job openings hit a record high of 7.3 million in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday in a sign of the labor market’s strength.”

Job openings hit record high of 7.3 million in December
By Joseph Lawler
Washington Examiner
February 12, 2019

The number of job openings hit a record high of 7.3 million in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday in a sign of the labor market’s strength.
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The private sector drove the new record, with private entities accounting for 6.7 million job vacancies — also a record high. The construction industry recorded 382,000 new posts, far more than ever before.
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In the past three months, the economy has added an average of 241,000 net new jobs a month, more than twice as much as needed to keep up with population growth and keep unemployment trending down.

As a result, more of the population is working. For prime-age workers, meaning those between ages 25 and 54, the total employment rate rose to 79.9 percent in January, the highest such rate since the financial crisis hit.
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Read the full article here (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/economy/job-openings-hit-record-high-of-7-3-million-in-december) .

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