Job openings are up 23 percent in the past year, while hiring has declined.

Job openings are up 23 percent in the past year, while hiring has declined.

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These figures suggest that many businesses are having trouble finding employees with 
the skills they need. In August, the unemployment rate edged down to 5.1 percent, and the number of 
unemployed persons edged down to 8.0 million. Over the year, the unemployment 
rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.0 percentage point 
and 1.5 million, respectively.

 

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