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Job openings drop nationwide

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Job openings dropped sharply in September, a sign that hiring is likely to remain weak over the next several months.

The U.S. Labor Department says employers advertised 2.9 million jobs at the end of September, a drop of 163,000, or 5.3 percent, from the previous month.  The figures come after the department issued a modestly positive employment report on Friday.  That report found that employers added a net total of 151,000 jobs in October, more than most economists expected.

Layoffs in the private sector, meanwhile, fell for the second straight month to their lowest level in four years.

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