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US job openings flat in September as hurricanes slowly rent

WASHINGTON – U.S. employers posted approximately the same number of open jobs in September as the previous month, partly because hurricanes kept hiring at restaurants and hotels.

The Ministry of Labour says 6.09 million jobs were available at the end of September, not far from the record of 6.14 million reached in July. The number of vacancies in restaurants and hotels fell 111,000.

The vacancies were also likely restrained by the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In total, rents fell 2.7 percent to 5.27 million, the lowest level in five months.

With the exception of the storms’ impact, the labor market remains generally healthy. The government said last week that employers added a net 261,000 jobs in October. That is partly the result of a recovery in hiring after the hurricanes pulled down jobs gains in September.

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