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US job openings increase in June

Job openings increased to 6.16 million in June from 5.70 million in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

In its latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover report, the statistical office said that professional and business services and healthcare and social assistance registered the biggest gains while job openings declined in other services.

The number of hires fell by 103,000 to 5.36 million in June. Total separations, including quits, layoffs and discharges, declined by 21,000 to 5.22 million.

The number of individuals who resigned in June was little changed at 3.1 million. There were 1.7 million layoffs and discharges in June, little changed from the previous month.

In the 12 months ending in June, the number of hires amounted to 63.4 million and separations totaled 61.1 million, resulting in a net employment gain of 2.3 million, the statistical office said.