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Job openings rose over the month of April and increased over the year for many industries, with the largest changes occurring in professional and business services and in health care and social assistance.

According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Tuesday, the number of job openings rose to 5.4 million on the last business day of April, the highest since the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey series began producing data on job openings, hires, and separations in December 2000.

The job openings rate for April 2015 was 3.7 percent.

Other major findings:

In the year that ended in April, employers added a net 2.8 million jobs, representing 60 million hires.

The number of job openings increased over the 12 months ending in April for total nonfarm, total private, and government.

Job openings increased over the year for many industries with the largest changes occurring in professional and business services and in health care and social assistance.

Job openings decreased over the year in mining and logging and in arts, entertainment, and recreation.

The number of job openings increased over the year in all four regions.

The number of hires was little changed at 5.0 million in April and the number of separations was little changed at 4.9 million.

In the year that ended in April, employers added a net 2.8 million jobs, representing 60 million hires and 57.2 million separations.

Within separations, the quits rate was 1.9 percent and the layoffs and discharges rate was 1.3 percent, both little different from the previous month.

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey results for May 2015 are scheduled to be released on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

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