A steep decline in retail job vacancies pulled down the number of jobs open in the United States in December, a government report showed on Tuesday.
Job openings - a measure of labor demand - slipped to 3.6 million from 3.8 million in November, the Labor Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey.
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Retail sector job openings dropped 76,000 to 420,000, while manufacturing saw openings declining to 259,000 from 281,000 in November.
(Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)