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Online job vacancies nosedive

NEW YORK — Online advertised job vacancies declined by 83,200 to 3.28 million in October, according to The Conference Board Help-Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL).

Online labor demand has been relatively flat since the low point in April 2009, increasing a modest 117,000, or slightly less than 20,000/month. The October decline reflected dips in labor demand across much of the nation.

In the South, October online advertised vacancies fell by 28,500, following a 45,400 September loss. All of the most populous Southern states decreased.

Among the top 10 occupations in October with online advertised vacancies, sales and related occupations, which have remained relatively flat over the last six months, experienced the largest gain, rising 46,100 in October. Business and finance, which declined throughout this year, increased 21,800 in October, in large part reflecting an increased demand for management analysts. Computer and mathematical science occupations rose 7,200 to 409,200, with increased demand for computer systems engineers. An increase in online advertised vacancies for executive secretaries, administrative assistants and medical secretaries contributed to the 3,200 increase in the office and administrative support occupations.

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