WASHINGTON — The number of available jobs fell sharply in November, dropping to 6.8 million, a decline of 7.6% from the October level.
The Labor Department reported Friday that the job openings number for November was down by 561,000 from the October level of 7.36 million.
Some economists took the big decline as a sign that the
The report on job openings was for November. The government’s more current unemployment report for December, released last week, showed that employers created 145,000 jobs last month. That was a decline from a robust increase of 256,000 jobs in November.
For all of 2019, employers added an average of 175,000 jobs per month, down from an average gain of 223,250 jobs per month in 2018.
For December, the unemployment rate in December held steady at a five decade low of 3.5% where it has been for three of the past four months. That is the lowest level since 1969.
The report Friday on job openings, job hires and job separations for November showed that hires
Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press