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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report on Tuesday. Job openings climbed to 4.972 million in November from 4.830 million in October. October's figure was revised down from 4.834 million.
Analysts had expected job openings to rise to 4.848 million.
The number of job openings was little changed for total private (4.5 million), while increased for government (459,000) in November.
The hires rate was 3.6% in November, unchanged from October.
Total separations fell to 4.623 million in November from 4.863 million in October.
The JOLTS report is one of the Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's favourite labour market indicators.
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