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Job openings hit a record high in March — showing the gap between job postings and hirings was huge even before April’s jobs report

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Job openings grew to record highs in the US in March amid continued vaccination and fresh stimulus. 

The data shows businesses reopening along with the country, yet last Friday’s jobs report for April indicated employers have since had trouble filling those jobs.

Openings rose to 8.1 million from 7.5 million, according to Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, data published Tuesday morning. The median estimate from economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for 7.5 million openings. The reading marks a third straight increase and places job openings at their highest level ever.

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