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Economy in Brief

Help-Wanted Advertising: How Low Can It Go?
by Tom Moeller August 31, 2006

The Conference Board's Index of Help-Wanted Advertising dropped to new forty five year low of 32 in July after revised stability in June at 34.

During the last ten years there has been a 57% 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 back to 41% but remained above the May low of 27%.

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 July June July '05
National Help Wanted Index 32 34 39
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