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The number of new online job ads declined by 184,700 in November to 1.82 million, dipping below 2 million for the first time since July, according to The Conference Board Help-Wanted OnLine Data Series. The November data are the sum of the number of unduplicated new, first-time, online job ads posted each day of the month on more than 1,200 Internet job boards. This figure is down 9.2 percent from October. The November decline, which reflects in part the effect of the Thanksgiving holiday, follows a dip of 1.7 percent in October. In November there were 1.21 online job ads per 100 persons in the U.S. labor force, compared with 1.34 in October, 1.36 in September and 1.43 per 100 persons in August. "Historically, job advertising drops off in the months of November and December," said Ken Goldstein, labor economist at The Conference Board. "This online series does not have a long enough history to seasonally adjust the data. "However, we know from The Conference Board's long running He...