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US job openings, quit rates fell slightly ahead of holidays

January 09, 2019 / Ryan Golden

The total number of U.S. job openings fell to 6.9 million in November 2018 shortly before the peak of the holiday season according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, released Tuesday. The 6.9 million mark nonetheless represents an increase from the 5.9 million job openings recorded in November 2017. BLS recorded a job openings rate of 4.7% among the nation's private employers, down from October's 4.9% but up from the 4.2% rate measured 12 months prior. Total quits also fell by a count of 112,000, with noted drops in professional and business services and in accommodation and food services.