4.6 jobless workers for every opening

Zachary Roth
·Senior National Affairs Reporter

Wondering why it's so hard to find a job? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that there were 4.6 unemployed workers for every job opening in August, according to the Labor Department. That's up from 4.3 workers for every opening the previous month, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Though the ratio of workers to openings varies form one region to another, it's perhaps the best measure of the struggles the jobless face in looking for work. At the height of the recession, the ratio reached nearly seven workers for every opening. But even now, it's sky-high by historical standards.