Online job ads – plentiful but decreasing

NEW YORK, NY — In January, 2,223,100 of the 3,362,500 unduplicated online advertised vacancies were new ads that did not appear in December, while the remainders are reposted ads from the previous month. The 5 percent decrease in total ads in January was caused primarily by a 3.7 percent decrease in new ads. Despite these declines, over-the-year (January’07 – January’08) total ads and new ads rose 7 percent and 11.8 percent, respectively.

The national decline in advertised vacancies between December ’07 and January ’08 reflected a lower volume of ads in all nine Census regions. All of the regions saw a decline but they were smaller than those from last month (between 1 and 9 percent). During the year (January ’07 – January ’08), seven of the nine regions continued to show a gain in labor demand. Two exceptions to this were again New England and the Pacific region that declined by 2 and 10 percent, respectively.

The January figures reported in the Help Wanted OnLine Data Series – reflect the sum of the number of unduplicated online job ads for each day from mid-December to mid-January. This new series, which includes data from April 2005, does not have sufficient history to allow for seasonally adjusted monthly data.

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