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Job openings slowed slightly in September, but overall job demand is up since April.

Job openings slowed slightly in September, but overall job demand is up since April, according to The Conference Board, which tracks demand via online job postings nationally.

“While the trend has been modestly upward and averaged 40,000 per month over the last five months, the labor market continues to have a hard time gaining momentum,” said Gad Levanon, senior economist at The Conference Board, in a news release. “The Conference Board Employment Trends Index, which has been basically flat for three straight months, also helps highlight the difficulty the labor market is facing. With a growing consensus of a weak recovery, businesses seem to be slow to boost advertising for vacant or new positions.”

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL)” found:

  • Total online job vacancies declined by 101,800 for a total of 3,363,000.
  • Since April 2009, demand is up by 201,000.
  • Largest regional online vacancies is in the South with 1,214, 000, down by 45,400 from August.
  • Georgia (3,300) and New Jersey (3,800) are the only states to show gains.
  • States with vacancies over 200,000 include New York, Texas and California.
  • Midwest sees lowest vacancies at 654,000.
  • Midwest sees mildest drop from August to September (9,300).
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