Did Anyone Else Notice This In Today’s Job Openings Report?

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According to the BLS’s Job Openings and labour Turnover report (aka JOLTs), job openings were largely unchanged from October at 3.2 million, though have increased 6.6% from a year ago and 30% since June 2009.

This data point doesn’t get much fanfare.

But there was a weird figure that caught our eye: government job openings increased 4.6% year-over-year, with state and local government job openings jumping 21%.  Hiring figures were also up for the category.

What ever happened to those cuts in government spending everyone was talking about?