The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report on Thursday. Job openings climbed to 5.526 million in September from 5.377 million in August. August's figure was revised up from 5.370 million.
The number of job openings rose for total private (5.020 million) and for government (506,000) in September.
The hires rate was 3.5% in September.
Total separations declined to 4.839 million in September from 4.886 million in August.
The JOLTS report is one of the Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's favourite labour market indicators.