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Job seeker Shawanda Strother, right, shakes hands with recruiter George McGlone III after a meeting at a career fair, in King of Prussia, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) — Job openings in the United States climbed in November to the highest level in more than five years, a sign the labor market was picking up before the pause in the final month of 2013.

The number of positions waiting to be filled increased by 70,000 to 4 million, the most since March 2008, from a revised 3.93 million in October, figures from the Labor Department showed today in Washington. The pace of hiring was little changed, and more Americans quit their jobs.

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