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U.S. has 5.7 million job openings, near record high

Staff Writer |
America has 5.7 million openings. That's close to the record number of job openings reported by the Labor Department since it started tracking them in 2000.

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The U.S. had an all-time high of 5.9 million openings last July. Many professions - such as electricians, carpenters, waste management collectors - are in short supply.

With limited workers, employers are forced to hike up wages for those positions to retain or recruit new employees.

Employers are hiring and workers are starting to feel more confident about leaving a job for another one.

Not all employers can find the skilled workers they need. Experts say that such a high number of job openings is due partially to a gap between the job skills employers demand and the skills job seekers have.

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