By Peter Schroeder - 10/10/12 03:01 PM EDT
The data on job openings comes just a few days after the Labor Department issued a surprisingly positive monthly jobs report. The amount of jobs created in September was just 114,000 according to business data, largely in line with expectations. However, a separate household survey which serves as the basis for the unemployment rate showed its strongest gains in nearly a decade. The 873,000 additional jobs pushed the unemployment rate down to 7.8 percent.
That decline, one month before the presidential election, dropped the rate below the 8 percent that had become a common reference by Mitt Romney as he hammered President Obama's record on the economy. The new rate is the lowest it has been since the president took office.