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Online Job Openings See Modest Gain

Online job openings increased by 700 to 3,295,500 in July, according to data released today by the Conference Board.

Nationally, online job demand has been relatively flat over the last several months after sharp declines in December 2008 and January 2009.Nationally, there were over four unemployed looking for work for every advertised online opening, as the number of unemployed increased even as the number of advertised openings remained steady.

Online Job Openings Down In March
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The number of advertised online job openings dropped 100,000 to 3.2 million in March, according to the Conference Board Help-Wanted Online Data Series out today.

The March decrease comes after declines of 507,000 in December and 506,000 In January and a small decrease of 6,600 in February. Overall it’s a decline of more than 1.2 million job openings, or over 25 percent, in the last four months.

Online TV Viewership Doubles
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Online TV viewing has been increasing in popularity. About one- fifth of American households who use the Internet watch television online, double the number from 2006, The Conference Board and TNS said today.

Being able to watch content on their own time and their own convenience are the main reasons people go online. Other reasons include skipping commercials and portability. About 72 percent of households log on for entertainment purposes daily, and in one in ten cities entertainment is the most popular Internet activity.

Online Job Openings Fall In May

The number of jobs advertised online in the U.S. declined in May by 13.2 percent from the May 2007 level, according to The Conference Board.

This is the third consecutive month of declines for the U.S. as a whole. The May decline saw 579,000 fewer jobs listed than in the same period a year ago. A total of 3.8 million job openings were listed in May, accounting for 2.5 for every 100 people in the labor force, down from a high of 2.9 a year ago.

(Lack Of) Growth In Online Job Ads Ominous

More job ads were posted online this February than last, and if the stats stopped there, we’d say they made for good news.  The amount of growth only equaled three percent, however, which isn’t at all encouraging.

Online Job Ads Up In December

In December there were 3,541,200 online advertised job vacancies, an increase of 6 percent from last December, according to The Conference Board Help-Wanted Online Data Series.

While this number is up from last year, it was down by 13 percent from the November level, partly because of a seasonal pattern, which began with the Thanksgiving holiday. There were 2.3 advertised jobs online for every 100 persons in the labor force in December. The monthly decrease in advertised job vacancies occurred in all 50 states and major metropolitan areas.