Hiring Rose In November, But Job Openings Dipped

hiring up fewer open jobs
hiring up fewer open jobs

By Christopher S. Rugaber

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers stepped up their hiring in November but pulled back slightly on the number of jobs they advertised.

The mostly favorable report shows companies are gaining more confidence in the economy and filling more of their open positions. It follows other encouraging data on hiring that suggest 2012 may be a better year for job growth.