Job Openings Unexpectedly Climbed in December

The labor market may have ended the year in slightly better shape than thought. The number of job openings climbed in December to 6.6 million, up from 6.5 million in November. Economists had forecast a decline to 6.4 million jobs.

WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 9: A holiday tree is shown lit in front of the U.S. Capitol building December 9, 2004 in Washington, DC. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) hosted the official tree lighting ceremony today. The 79-year-old red spruce weighs approximately 92 hundred pounds and is about 67 feet …