WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers posted more job openings in June, a sign that hiring could improve a bit in the coming months.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the number of available jobs rose to 3.1 million, up from 3 million in May. It was the highest total since March.

Still, roughly 4.5 unemployed people, on average, were competing for each available job in June. That's down only slightly from 4.6 in May. In a healthy economy, the ratio is about 2 to 1.

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