By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses posted a near-record level of open jobs in January, a trend that has pushed up worker’s pay and added to the economy’s inflationary pressures. The Labor Department said Wednesday that employers posted 11.3 million jobs at the end of January, down slightly from a record of 11.4 million in December. Before the pandemic, the record was 7.6 million in 2018.