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US employers advertised 4.67 million job openings in June, most since February 2001

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FILE - This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover in June 2014 on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) (The Associated Press)

U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years.

The Labor Department says that employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May's total of 4.58 million. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to the possibility of stronger economic growth.

Roughly the same percentage of Americans quit their jobs in June as they did in May, though the rate has increased over the past year. Quit rates usually rise when employees are finding new and better-paying jobs.

Hiring rose in June to 4.83 million, up from 4.74 million in May. Still, the hiring rate has not risen over the past year as quickly as the number of positions being advertised.