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Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

There was a record 9.3 million open jobs in America in April, according to new government data out Tuesday.

Why it matters: As the economy made strides to a full reopening, new gigs opened up faster than companies could hire for them. What's more, a record number of Americans quit their jobs — a sign that workers are confident there's better, higher-paying work elsewhere.

Details: Employers hired 6.1 million workers in April, roughly just as many hired the prior month.

  • Accommodation and food services — think hotels, restaurants — saw the biggest jump in hiring (+232,000). That sector was also responsible for the most job openings (+349,000).
  • 4 million workers quit their jobs — a record high going back to the survey's inception in 2000. Layoffs hit an all-time low.

Worth noting: The data gives a different glimpse at the state of the job market in April, though less timely than the closely-watched government jobs report.

The bottom line: There is roughly one unemployed worker for every job opening available.

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What to make of the "Goldilocks" economic reports

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Last week’s economic data dump was nothing if not consistent. Spanning the May jobs report, the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book and business activity indicators, the picture that emerged was one of an economy in recovery — albeit slower than some expected, and jammed with labor and supply shortages.

Why it matters: Taken together, the data gives the Fed cover from making any big monetary decisions or changing its course over the next few months.

Wages pick up, but unclear how far employers will go

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The May jobs report provided an injection of optimism, but it's too early to feel confident about the wage growth picture.

Why it matters: Employers have had to raise wages to incentivize workers to come back or to stay. It's unclear how much higher they're willing to go.

Updated 23 mins ago - Science

NTSB probes deadly Alabama crash as storms lash Southeast and Midwest

Flash-flooding in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday. Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Sunday that it's sent a team to Alabama to help investigate a fiery multi-vehicle crash that killed 10 people, including nine children.

The big picture: Saturday's crash, south of Montgomery, occurred amid a tropical depression that left 13 people dead in Alabama as it triggered flash floods and tornadoes that razed "dozens of homes" in the Southeast over the weekend, per AP. Parts of the Midwest were also badly hit, including Indiana and Chicago, where a tornado struck late Sunday.