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U.S. online job ads fell by 150,200 in May for a total of about 4.8 million, according to The Conference Board’s report on online jobs ads released today. Labor demand has dropped an average of 29,600 per month in the first five months of 2013.
“The upward trend in labor demand since the end of the recession seems to have stalled in 2013,” said June Shelp, vice president of The Conference Board. “The 2013 levels for labor demand are still well above the pre-recession high of April 2007, but the small 2013 pullback of 29,000 per month in labor demand indicates that the national economy is still not out of the woods.”
Computer and mathematical science occupations reported the largest decline among the largest occupational groups — down 21,000 in May to 588,200 — led by a decrease in demand for computer systems analysts, network and computer systems administrators, web developers and applications software developers.