The Conference Board's help-wanted advertising index, a key measure of job offerings in major U.S. newspapers, edged up to 39 in July. It was 38 in June. In the last three months, help-wanted advertising increased in five of the nine U.S. regions. Largest increases occurred in the East South Central (4.7 percent); Pacific (4.7 percent); and West North Central (2.7 percent) regions. "The labor market indicators turned a little more positive this summer," said Ken Goldstein, The Conference Board's labor economist. "Print want-ad volume edged up in both June and July. Online volume was 10 percent higher in July than in April. Initial unemployment claims also moved down a little. "However, the JOLTS data (Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey) show no change over the same period. Job ope...
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