Job openings snapped back in August and rose to 9.6 million, reflecting a robust appetite for labor in light of a steadily growing U.S. economy.
There were signs of improvement and some companies even increased employment.
Construction spending rose 0.5% in August, the Commerce Department reported Monday.
Consumer sentiment improved slightly at the end of September, but Americans were unsure about the future of the economy.
Consumer spending rose a solid 0.4% in August, but the increase was exaggerated by higher gas prices that are pinching the budgets of U.S. households.