Firms report fewer job openings

American workers also quit at fastest pace in 17 years

Posted: February 7, 2018 at 2:02 a.m.

Women fill out job applications recently at a career fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. Job openings dropped 2.8 percent in December while the number of people leaving their jobs increased 3.1 percent, the U.S. Labor Department reported Tuesday.

U.S. companies posted the fewest open jobs in seven months in December, yet the number of Americans quitting their jobs rose to a 17-year high, a mixed reading on the job market.

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