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U.S. online job ads rose by 28,900 in April to a total of about 4.9 million, according to The Conference Board’s report on online jobs ads released today. The increase follows a loss of 292,100 job ads in March.
“April’s modest rise follows a lackluster first quarter and leaves the job market basically flat for the year,” said June Shelp, vice president of The Conference Board. “Employers are replacing the workers that leave, as evidenced by the churn in the labor market — roughly 5 million advertised vacancies each month — but so far we haven’t seen demand for new workers that would help whittle down the unemployed.”
Professional and high-paying occupations like computer workers and medical professionals had three to five ads for every unemployed worker, making it hard for employers fill positions. In contrast, in the service/production occupations — construction, production/manufacturing work and food service workers — there are four to seven unemployed job-seekers competing for every opening.