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Economy in Brief

U.S. Help-Wanted Advertising Back to Record Low in January
by Tom Moeller February 28, 2008

The Conference Board reported that its index of help-wanted advertising dipped last month to a reading of 21, the record low plumbed in November.

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-ads fell to 41% from 59% in December. Both figures were improved from the low of 12% in August.

Most regions of the country showed the same, depressed readings of help wanted as December except the East South Central region where the index declined.

The Conference Board surveys help-wanted print advertising volume in 51 major newspapers across the country every month. The latest help wanted report from the Conference Board is available here.In 2006, the Conference Board introduced its Help Wanted Online Data Series and the latest release can be found in this link.

Conference Board January December January 2007 2007 2006 2005
National Help Wanted Index 21 22 31 26 33 39
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