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Economy in Brief

Help-Wanted Advertising Dipped
by Tom Moeller February 23, 2006

The Index of Help-Wanted Advertising from the Conference Board fell to 37 from a revised level of 38 in December. The decline was to the lower end of a range between 37 and 40 in place since the Spring of last year.

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 similarly fell back to 51 though that remained slightly improved versus last year's average.

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.

Turbulent Firms, Turbulent Wages? from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York can be found here.

Conference Board Jan Dec Jan '05
National Help Wanted Index 37 38 42
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