The pace of job creation accelerated in December, with 3.4 million job openings on the last business day of December, up from 3.1 million in November.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported the hires rate (3.1%) and separations rate (3.0%) were unchanged over the month.
Job openings have trended upward since the end of the recession in June 2009.
Although the number of job openings remained below the 4.4 million openings when the recession started in December 2007, job openings have increased 39% since the end of the recession in June 2009.
While non-government job openings in December increased over the year, the level was little changed for government.
Professional and business services saw the greatest gains in job openings over the year, but job openings decreased for federal government. Read the full report here.