HIRING RISES, JOB OPENINGS DIP: U.S. employers stepped up their hiring in November but pulled back slightly on the number of jobs they advertised.
THE REPORT: Employers filled almost 4.15 million jobs in November, a 3 percent gain from the previous month. That's nearly the same as September's hiring level, which was the most since May 2010. Job openings dipped for the second straight month, to 3.16 million.
CONFIDENCE GROWS: The report shows companies are gaining more confidence in the economy and filling more of their open positions. That's a switch from early last year, when openings were rising but hiring was sluggish.