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: The labor market is strong. So why are there fewer job openings? Blame the Fed’s rate hikes, says one analyst. 

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its key interest rate, making it the 10th-straight meeting with a rate increase. Read More...

Job applicants had fewer jobs to apply for in March, compounded by a drop in the number of small businesses hiring.

Job openings fell to 9.6 million in March, the lowest number since April 2021, and down from a revised 10 million in February, the Labor Department said this week. Total job openings in the private sector fell to 8.5 million in March from 8.9 million in February, the government added. Unemployment in March was 3.5%. There were 1.6 vacancies for every unemployed person in March.


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