Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The number of available jobs in the United States jumped in December to near a three-year high, supporting other data that show a brighter outlook for hiring.
The Labor Department says companies and governments posted 3.38 million jobs in December. That's up from the 3.12 million
advertised in the previous month and nearly matches the three-year
high reached in September.
The report on job openings follows Friday's optimistic employment figures. Those showed employers added 243,000 net jobs in January, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent.
Even with the gains, 13.1 million people were unemployed in December. That means an average of 3.9 people competed for each open job that month, the first time in four years that ratio was below 4 to 1.
Meanwhile, a new study suggests a promising job creator could be in apps -- the services and tools built to run on smartphones, computer tablets and Facebook's online social network. The demand for applications for everything ranging from games to quantum physics has created 466,000 jobs in the U.S. since 2007, according to an analysis released Tuesday by technology trade group TechNet.