1st Wisconsin Bldg in MilwaukeeBusinesses in February posted the largest number of job openings in more than two years, evidence that hiring is picking up as the United States economy grows. A rise in employment advertisements is the latest sign that companies are stepping up hiring.

The private sector in March added more than 200,000 jobs for a second straight month, the first time that’s happened since 2006.

Additionally, retail sales rose in March for the ninth straight month, a separate report said.

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