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Online job ads rebounded sharply in January to 2.16 million new unduplicated online job ads posted for the month, according to The Conference Board Help-Wanted OnLine Data Series. The January total was up 529,000, an increase of 32.5 percent from the December low. January's total was slightly higher than the August 2005 monthly peak of 2.13 million, The Conference Board reported. In January, there were 1.44 online job ads per 100 persons in the U.S. labor force, up from 1.09 in December and 1.21 in November. Although the data series does not have sufficient history to allow for seasonal adjustments, Ken Goldstein, labor economist at The Conference Board, noted that a large portion of the declines in November and December followed by the bounce back in January reflect seasonal patterns seen in other employment data. "The fact that the January number is back up to the higher level we saw in August 2005 indicates that the demand for labor is holding steady and seems to have weathered t...