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At 5.2% in March, the health care and social assistance sector had the highest rate of job openings in the US labor market, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However the rate of hiring in health care and social assistance was only average. At 19.3 million the health care and social assistance sector had more total US jobs than all sectors but professional and business services or state and local government. While professional and business services had relatively healthy job openings and hire rates, state and local government was among the lowest in both rates.