Job Openings on the Rise, Hiring, Not So Much

There were 3.74 million job vacancies at the end of March, the highest level since July 2008. The rise was attributed to increased demand in construction and manufacturing, and could show that companies are gaining confidence in the recovery as the year goes on. The small business optimism index rose to 94.5, a high not seen since February 2011

However, the pace hiring hasn't budged much. The number of people hired in March fell to 4.36 million from February's 4.44 million, keeping the hiring rate steady at 3.3 percent. As Lou Crandall, chief economist at Wrightson ICAP LLC says, "The progress is incremental at best and the levels are still very low."

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