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Job openings jump to near a 3-year high

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The number of available jobs in the United States jumped in December to near a three-year high, supporting other data that show a brighter outlook for hiring.

The U.S. Labor Department says companies and governments posted 3.38 million jobs in December. That's up from the 3.12 million advertised in the previous month and nearly matches the three-year high reached in September.

The report on job openings follows last Friday's jobs report that showed employers added 243,000 net jobs in January, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent.

Even with the gains, 13.1 million people were unemployed in December.

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