How hot is this economy? The U.S. had more job openings than unemployed Americans this spring. That’s the first time that’s happened since such record-keeping began in 2000.
U.S. job openings rose to a seasonally adjusted 6.7 million at the end of April, a record high. That's also more than the 6.3 million Americans who were unemployed during the month.
The largest number of April openings, 1.3 million, were in the broad business-services sector, which includes everything from accountants and software developers to temporary staffers and clerical workers. There were also ample job openings in lower-paying fields, with 844,000 accommodation and food-service jobs open in April and 735,000 unfilled retail positions.