Job openings in U.S. fall to 18-month low as hiring holds up

U.S. JOB OPENINGS in September declined to 7.02 million from an upwardly revised 7.3 million in August. BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MIKE FUENTES
U.S. JOB OPENINGS in September declined to 7.02 million from an upwardly revised 7.3 million in August. BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MIKE FUENTES
WASHINGTON – United States job openings unexpectedly slumped in September to the lowest level in a year and a half on broad declines across industries, another sign of moderating yet still-strong hiring. The number of positions waiting to be filled fell to 7.02 million from an upwardly revised 7.3 million in August, according to the…

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