Job openings were barely changed at 5.431 million in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday. That’s just slightly up from October’s 5.349 million, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).
And more people quit their jobs, signaling a stronger economy. The number of people deciding to leave their jobs, which is a sign of confidence, rose slightly to 2.83 million.
Job openings increased in health care and social assistance, with the sector adding 57,000 jobs in November, the report said. Retail trade saw a decrease in the number of job openings during the same period, down 64,000.
The number of new jobs increased in the South and decreased in the Midwest over the month, according to the Labor Department.