WASHINGTON – U.S. companies advertised more jobs in April than in any month in 6 1/2 years, a possible harbinger of strong hiring in the months ahead.
Employers posted nearly 4.5 million jobs, up strongly from 4.2 million in March, the Labor Department said Tuesday. It’s the largest number of job listings since September 2007.
Companies have been slow to fill openings since the recession, so the increase in postings won’t automatically lead to more jobs. The report showed that the number of jobs filled in April, 4.7 million, was largely unchanged from March. In the past year, job postings have jumped 16.5 percent, while hiring has risen just 6 percent.
But more job openings typically points to an improving job market. A separate monthly employment report Friday showed the economy generated 217,000 jobs in May, while the unemployment rate remained at a five-year low of 6.3 percent.