The Conference Board help-wanted advertising index, a key measure of job offerings in major newspapers across America, dropped to 35 in August. It was 39 in July. In the last three months, help-wanted advertising declined in seven of the nine U.S. regions. Steepest declines occurred in the West South Central (-19.4 percent) and West North Central (-10.8 percent) regions. "Key market indicators gave ground just before the storms and flooding. While print want-ad volume rose a bit in June and July, it sagged to May levels in August," said Ken Goldstein, The Conference Board's labor economist. "Consumers' concerns about finding a new job were also essentially the same in August as in May, but declined noticeably in September, after the hurricanes and flooding," Goldstein said. "Latest r...
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