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Task openings hit a brand new report in March, farther resisting opinion that the labor market is rebuilding and close complete.

Job openings surged to a record 6.55 million in March, the Labor Department reported Tuesday, May 8.

The largest job openings increased in professional and business services, construction, transportation, warehousing and utilities, according to the data.

The release included estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, and separations for the nonfarm sector by industry and by four geographic regions.

From a geographical perspective, the number of job openings increased most in the Northeast and Midwest. Hires also decreased slightly from 5.5 million in February to 5.4 million in March. Within separations, the quits rate was little changed at 2.3 percent and the layoffs and discharges rate was unchanged at 1.1 percent.

The number of people quitting rose 4.2 percent to 3.3 million, barely ahead of December's total and the highest since January 2001.


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