In April, the number of job openings increased to 3.1 million and the job openings rate increased to 2.3 percent, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Job openings levels and rates, seasonally adjusted, April 2009–April 2010
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Since the most recent trough of 2.3 million in July 2009, the monthly job openings level has risen by 740,000. The job openings level increased in April for total nonfarm and total private. The level decreased for government. The number of job openings was little changed in most industries. The level increased in the Northeast and the West.

This data is from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, and is seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month is preliminary and subject to revision. More information can be found in "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — April 2010" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-10-0773. The job openings rate is computed by dividing the number of job openings by the sum of employment and job openings and multiplying that quotient by 100.