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Today's fun chart shows the number of job openings and the number of hires, in the U.S since the end of 2006. As you'd expect, both numbers have gone down drastically. Note the growing gap between the reported number of hires and the reported number of job openings. This suggests companies are filling their openings either right away, without actually advertising that a job is open — perhaps by calling back people who've been laid off .

These numbers come from the monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (or JOLTS) put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.