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In this June 23, 2014 photo, people wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
(Bloomberg) — Job openings in the U.S. climbed to a 13-year high in August as employers gained confidence about the outlook for demand in the world’s biggest economy.

The number of positions waiting to be filled rose to 4.84 million in August, the most since January 2001, from a revised 4.61 million the prior month, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. Hiring and firings cooled, while fewer people quit their jobs.

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