In light of the latest jobs numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers are filling open positions at a slow rate, according to Human Alliance Ltd, a management consulting firm specializing in human resources issues.

“Right now, we have about 3.7 million jobs open with a hire rate (3.2 percent) that stayed the same in the month of November,” says Joe Shaheen, founder and managing principal of Human Alliance. “We’re simply not filling those jobs fast enough, and the U.S. economy is suffering from it.”

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