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News Summary: US job openings, hiring up slightly

MORE JOBS AVAILABLE: U.S. job openings rose 28,000 to 3.83 million in May from April, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That's close to February's 3.9 million, which was the highest in five years. Full story

U.S. employers pick up pace of hiring in May: Labor Department JOLTS survey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The pace of hiring by U.S. employers increased in May, the Labor department said on Tuesday in a report that gave a positive sign for the American job market. Full story

Labor Dept probes whether food court workers were underpaid in federal building

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Labor Department is investigating whether food court vendors in Washington's largest U.S. government building underpaid workers and denied them overtime pay. Full story

US added 175,000 jobs in May, beating expectations

   The Labor Department reported that the U.S. added 175,000 jobs last month, slightly above expectations, while the unemployment rate rose a smidgen to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent in April. CNBC’s Hampton Pearson reports.

Productivity growth modest in first quarter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nonfarm productivity rose modestly in the first quarter as growth in output accelerated sharply and employers throttled back gains in the hours that their staffs worked. Full story

Hiring rate increases modestly in February

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The pace of hiring by employers increased slightly in February, the Labor department said on Tuesday in a report that gave a positive sign for the American job market. Full story

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Michelle Meyer, BofA Merrill Lynch, and Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics, offer their preview of the Labor Department's monthly jobs report.

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