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Economy in Brief

Help-Wanted Advertising Low
by Tom Moeller November 30, 2006

The Conference Board reported that its Index of Help-Wanted Advertising in October ticked up to 30 in October from a downwardly revised reading of 29 in September.

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 surged to 57%, the highest level in nearly one 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 October September October '05
National Help Wanted Index 30 29 37
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