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Economy in Brief

Help-Wanted Advertising: An Upside Breakout
by Tom Moeller February 24, 2005

The Conference Board's National Index of Help-Wanted Advertising rose to 41 in January, the highest level in nearly two years.

During the last ten years there has been an 88% correlation between the level of help-wanted advertising and the year-to-year change in non-farm payrolls.

The proportion of labor markets with rising want-ad volume held at a high 71%, indicative of broad based gains.

The Conference Board surveys help-wanted advertising volume in 51 major newspapers across the country every month.

The latest help wanted report from the Conference Board is available here.

Help-Wanted Advertising and Job Vacancies from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco can be found here.

Conference Board Jan Dec Jan  '04
National Help Wanted Index 41 38 38
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