Online Advertised Job Vacancies Take Seasonal Dip

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<p><b>New York &mdash; Feb. 2</b><br />In January, there were 3,141,800 online advertised vacancies, a largely seasonal decline of 6 percent from December, according to The Conference Board Help-Wanted OnLine Data Series.&nbsp;</p><p>Over the year, online advertised vacancies were up 12 percent for the nation as a whole. </p><p>In January, there were 2.1 advertised vacancies online for every 100 persons in the national labor force. </p><p>&ldquo;January&rsquo;s job vacancy data points to a labor market that is definitely holding its own,&rdquo; said Gad Levanon, The Conference Board economist. &ldquo;Although this online series does not have sufficient history to seasonally adjust the monthly data, it is clear from the weekly data that the declines were all in the holiday weeks at the end of December and the beginning of January when hiring activity is very low. Like last year, the numbers rebounded to their pre-holiday levels by the second week of January. </p><p>&quot;In addition, the number of online advertised vacancies grew significantly during the last 12 months and do not signal any weakness in the labor market.&rdquo;</p>

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