Advertised Job Openings Down In September

COnference BoardOnline job listings took a hit in September, dropping by 101,800 from the August count.

The job posting data released today by The Conference Board suggests that the U.S. recovery is as tepid as economists fear.

“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. “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 and its data partner, Wanted Technologies, survey some 1,200 online job boards counting all the unduplicated jobs and comparing them to the jobs listed the month before to come up with both a total online job count as well as a new job  count. For September there were 3.363 million jobs listed; 2.018 million were new.

COnference Board HWOL SeptDespite the drop, there were still 67,000 more jobs advertised online in September than two months earlier, thanks to a big jump in postings in August. The listings increased by 169,000 in August, the second biggest increase in the year. (In May, listings increased by 199,000.)

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Regionally, there were more jobs advertised in the South than elsewhere in the nation. There 1.215 million jobs were online, a drop of 45,400.

As might be expected, healthcare job openings continued to outpace other occupations. In the Healthcare Practioner and Technical category, some 28,000 listings were added. Every other occupational category listed by The Conference Board saw a drop.

The Conference Board’s monthly Help-Wanted Online Data Series is the earliest of the monthly reports detailing the condition of employment in the U.S.  The Monster Employment Index will be released on Thursday and Friday the much-watched Employment Situation Summary (better known as the unemployment rate) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will be announced.

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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