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U.S. job openings rose to a record high in July, suggesting a slowdown in job growth in August was an aberration and that the labor market was strong before the recent disruptive hurricanes.Job openings, a measure of labor demand, increased by 54,000 to a seasonally adjusted 6.2 million.Job openings have now been above 6 million for two straight months.There were 20,000 more job openings in construction.About 3.2 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs in July, up from 3.1 million in June. The quits rate, which the Fed looks at as a measure of job market confidence, rose to 2.2 percent from 2.1 percent in June.
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