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Economy in Brief

Help-Wanted Advertising Held A Higher Level
by Tom Moeller March 31, 2005

The Conference Board's National Index of Help-Wanted Advertising in February held onto the improvement during the prior month and was unchanged at 41.

During the last ten years there has been an 68% correlation between the level of help-wanted advertising and the three month change in non-farm payrolls.

The proportion of labor markets with rising want-ad volume slipped to 51% from 69% in January but remained up versus last year.

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.

Conference Board Feb Jan Feb '04
National Help Wanted Index 41 41 40
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