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4 million Americans quit their jobs in April — a 20-year record. Many of them worked in the retail sector, which is in the middle of a massive labor shortage.

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Job vacancies rose to a 20 year-high in April, a Labor Department survey showed Tuesday. 

The survey also showed that 4 million workers quit their jobs in April — another 20-year record. Job quits rose most in the retail sector and the professional and business services sector. 

Companies were advertising 9.3 job million openings at the end of April, up 12% from the previous month. The number of vacancies grew most in the accommodation and food-service sectors, which are opening up after more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions.

Vacancies fell in education, mining, and logging.

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