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Job-seeking public finds fewer online job postings

Updated: June 30, 2011 4:56AM

The number of online advertised job postings in Illinois fell 5.6 percent in June from May, but rose 15.5 percent from June 2010, a report released by the Conference Board Wednesday showed.

There were 167,600 online advertised job vacancies this month, down from 177,500 in May and up from 145,100 in June 2010.

Online advertised job vacancies nationally dipped 2.2 percent from May to 4.37 million and were up 20.9 percent from 3.62 million in June 2010.

“The pattern over the last few months is beginning to look like the very slow growth in labor demand in 2010,” June Shelp, vice president at the Conference Board, said in a statement.

After the large increase of 526,000 in January, average monthly job growth over the next five months averaged about 33,000, she said.

While the current number of advertised vacancies is close to the monthly 4.5 million posted just prior to the recession, there were just over 3 unemployed workers seeking jobs for each vacancy in May.

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