Group says 131K fewer online job ads posted

JACKSON – Online job advertisements fell by 131,000 in April and the drop has resulted in a decline of over 1.32 million advertised vacancies in the last six months.

The report by the nonprofit Conference Board follows a dip of 100,000 ads in March, but is well below the record declines of 507,000 and 506,000 in December and January.

The Conference Board says the labor demand decline may be slowing, but April and May are when businesses typically step up hiring efforts.

The Conference Board’s monthly Help-Wanted Online Data Series measures the number of new online jobs and openings reposted from the previous month on more than 1,200 major Internet job boards and smaller Web sites that serve niche markets.

The Associated Press