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The BLS reported today that total job openings in the U.S. reached a three-year high of 3,354,000 open positions at the end of September, the highest level of openings since August of 2008 (see chart). Private-sector openings were just slightly below 3 million at the end of September, which was also the highest level since August 2008.

In a related report that shows increased job availability, the Monster Employment Index for the U.S. increased by 11% in October compared to a year ago, "demonstrating improved overall online job availability compared to October 2010."

Source: Job Openings Reach Three-Year High In September