The index, a measure of the US job market, remained flat at 47 in the first month of the year, the same level recorded in December 2001, but 64% higher than the 77 recorded one year ago.
In the last three months, help-wanted advertising rose in six of the nine US regions, with the largest increased occurring in:
- the Mountain region, where help-wanted advertising increased by 23.8%
- the East South Central area, where it was up by 10.1% .
The steepest decline occurred in the Middle Atlantic region, where job vacancy advertising fell by -6.0%.
January’s unemployment rate stood at 5.6%, according to official figures.
The Conference Board surveys help-wanted advertising volume in 51 major newspapers across the country on a monthly basis.