11/12/2015 10:17 EST | Updated 11/12/2016 00:12 EST

US job openings rise 2.8 per cent in September but hiring close to flat

WASHINGTON — The Labor Department says employers advertised more job openings in September but hiring was essentially unchanged.

Job openings rose 2.8 per cent to 5.53 million in September, up from 5.38 million in August. Hiring dipped to 5.05 million from 5.08 million the prior month.

The number of people quitting jobs — a measure of confidence in the job market — was essentially unchanged from September at 2.72 million. Quits have been flat for the past year after rising steadily in the aftermath of the 2007-2009 Great Recession.

The job market rebounded sharply in October after weak hiring in the previous two months. Employers added 271,000 jobs last month as the unemployment rate fell to 5 per cent. The gains partially reflected hiring delays in August and September because of global economic pressures.

Josh Boak, The Associated Press