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Economy in Brief

Help-Wanted Advertising Stable
by Tom Moeller November 23, 2005

The Conference Board's Index of Help-Wanted Advertising held at 38 in October versus the downwardly revised September level and 38 in August. The average level so far this year is 39.

During the last ten years there has been a 62% 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 improved further to 57% in October after gains during the prior two months.

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 Oct Sept Oct '04
National Help Wanted Index 38 38 36
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