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Online Labor Demand Jumps 438,000 in January, The Conference Board Reports

NEW YORK Jan. 31, 2011 Online advertised vacancies rose 438,000 in January to 4,273,000 The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine™ (HWOL) April 2009 April 2007 April 2009

June Shelp January 2010 January 2011


  • Rhode Island
  • Large states posting top gains in January include:
    • CA (56,800); TX (31,900); NY (29,400); IL (23,400) and FL (20,200)

South Georgia Virginia North Carolina Maryland South Carolina Oklahoma West Virginia Delaware Arkansas

Midwest Illinois Ohio Wisconsin Minnesota Michigan Missouri Indiana North Dakota South Dakota

West California California October 2009 Washington State January 2010 Oregon Arizona Colorado Utah New Mexico

Northeast Massachusetts New Jersey New England Connecticut Maine New Hampshire Vermont

North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Alaska Mississippi Kentucky Michigan Indiana South Carolina Alabama Florida California Nevada

It should be noted that the Supply/Demand rate only provides a measure of relative tightness of the individual State labor markets and does not suggest that the occupations of the unemployed directly align with the occupations of the advertised vacancies (see Occupational Highlights section).


Labor demand in January:

  • Healthcare practitioners up 78,500 and healthcare support up 16,600
  • Production jobs rise 12,000

Healthcare practitioners and technical Healthcare support

Management Office and administrative support Business and financial

Sales and related Food preparation and serving

Architectural and engineering Production


  • Washington, D.C. the lowest Supply/Demand rate
  • Online advertised vacancies in all but one of the 52 largest metropolitan areas are above last year’s levels

Salt Lake City, Utah New York January 2010 Washington, D.C. January 2010 Los Angeles

Boston Minneapolis-St. Paul Milwaukee Honolulu Riverside Sacramento Detroit November 2010


Revisions to the HWOL Time Series:

January 2011 May 2005 January 2007 May 2005 March 2, 2011

Time Series Summary

April 2007 April 2009 April 2009 April 2010

Job Board Coverage

The HWOL program collects data on a daily basis from over 1,200 online job board sources. Each year, new sources are added as they emerge while some existing sources may be dropped, if it is determined that they primarily aggregate their data from other job board sources. This year, a more extensive job board review and analysis was performed for identifying any remaining aggregator job boards; this review has resulted in the elimination of several job boards. In combination with the unduplication improvements, these changes resulted in lowering the series levels by about 260,000 ads per month.

Occupational Coding

The HWOL program uses Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) autocoder software which codes over 99 percent of all ads to the 6-digit SOC and 8-digit O’Net level. The latest version of the autocoder incorporated a new feature for identifying and classifying "invalid" job ads into a new Miscellaneous category. This category contains jobs which would generally not be included in the official government employment and job openings data series and are now being classified as "invalid" job ads by the HWOL program. These ads include such categories as: adult ads, get-rich-quick ads, human donors wanted ads, human test participants wanted, products/services-offered ads, job fair ads, and other various types of ads. The Miscellaneous category has now been dropped from the HWOL time series and this change has resulted in lowering the series levels by an average of about 200,000 ads per month.

Seasonal Adjustment

May 2005

Description of The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine™ Data Series:

Help Wanted OnLine™

October 2008

December 1, 2008 December 2009 May 2005

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