Want a job? America has a record number available
June 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Customers sit in the outdoor dining area of restaurants in the West Village neighborhood of New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Manhattan's restaurants are struggling with a labor shortage that threatens to hobble the industrys comeback just as its getting started. Photographer: Amir Hamja/Bloomberg via Getty Images
America is hiring like never before.
Job openings in the United States soared by nearly a million in April, setting a record for the most openings added in a month and the highest overall number since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking the data in December 2000.
At 9. 3 million new positions, it was far more than the 8. 3 million economists polled by Refinitiv had predicted — which would have been flat from the revised March job opening numbers.
Despite employers' desire to hire, workers aren't exactly ready to come back to work: Although job openings surged, American employers hired just 6. 1 million people in April, a slight uptick from March, leaving millions of jobs unfilled.
That's why some economists and corporate leaders are talking about a worker shortage, even as job postings soar and millions of Americans remain unemployed.
Some employers who have workers are finding trouble keeping them: Separations also rose to 5. 8 million, and the quits rate rose to 2. 7%, or 4 million, the highest level in the data series.