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The United States had 9.2 million job openings in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' job openings and labor turnover survey, showing that America's pandemic-era worker shortage stuck around through the late spring. A total of 5.9 million workers were hired in May, leaving a big gap between labor demand and supply.
The May data was little changed from April, which was revised down to 9.2 million available jobs from the 9.3 million reported initially.
Job openings in services and education rose, but the number of jobs available in entertainment and recreation actually fell by 80,000.
Meanwhile, the number of separations — including workers voluntary quitting as well as those laid off — fell by nearly half a million in May.