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US job openings unexpectedly jumped by 165,000 in January as virus case counts hit their peak

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Job openings in the US unexpectedly climbed in January as daily new COVID-19 cases peaked and the economic recovery slowly resumed.

Openings gained by 165,000 to roughly 6.9 million in the first month of the year, according to Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, data published Thursday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had anticipated openings would decline slightly to 6.7 million.

The state and local government education and education services sectors drove the bulk of the jump in openings, according to the report. The professional and business services industry saw the biggest drop.

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