WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years.<br />
The Labor Department says that employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May's total of 4.58 million. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to the possibility of stronger economic growth.<br />
Roughly the same percentage of Americans quit their jobs in June as they did in May, though the rate has increased over the past year. Quit rates usually rise when employees are finding new and better-paying jobs.<br />
Hiring rose in June to 4.83 million, up from 4.74 million in May. Still, the hiring rate has not risen over the past year as quickly as the number of positions being advertised.
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Core consumer prices outside of food and energy posted the biggest increase in April in more than a year, suggesting that an improving U.S. economy is finally starting to lift prices...