Roundup: Job openings / ExxonMobil flaring / State fair   

    Record high: U.S. employers posted a record-high number of open jobs for the second straight month as a rapidly rebounding economy generates intense demand for workers. The number of available jobs on the last day of May rose slightly to 9.21 million, from 9.19 million in April, the Labor Department said this morning. That is the highest since records began in December 2000. See the report. 

    Unit startup: The ExxonMobil facility in Baton Rouge is experiencing intermittent flaring today, WAFB-TV reports. The company posted on Twitter this morning that the chemical plant flares were caused by a unit starting up on Tuesday and should be minimized by noon. Officials also stated that the flares are safety control devices intended to consume excess hydrocarbons. WAFB-TV has the full story.   

    Back from hiatus: The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair today announced that the fair plans to return without any restrictions this October for its 55th event.  After missing last year because COVID-19, the fair will reopen on Oct. 27 and run until Nov. 7 The fair will feature pig racing, motorcycle stunt shows and livestock shows. See the fair’s website for more information.