Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press Published 10:51 a.m. ET May 7, 2019 | Updated 11:37 a.m. ET May 7, 2019

Signs for employment opportunities are posted at an exit ramp off of Interstate 79 in Zelienople, Pa. (Photo: Keith Srakocic, AP)

Washington – U.S. employers advertised almost 7.5 million jobs at the end of March, a solid figure that signals hiring will likely remain strong in the months ahead.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 4.8% from the previous month, while the number of people quitting their jobs slipped. There are now 1.2 million more open jobs than there are unemployed Americans, a dynamic that suggests businesses will have to keep raising pay to attract and retain the workers they need.

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