Sacramento and California saw sharp declines in job vacancies advertised online in March, according to the latest statistics from the Conference Board.
The board said 25,100 ads were posted in Sacramento last month, down 6 percent from 26,700 in February and an 8.4 percent decline from 27,400 in March last year.
Statewide, there were 520,200 ads in March, down 8.5 percent from 568,900 ads in February and a dip of 6 percent from 553,100 in March 2013. California’s month-to-month decline of 48,700 ads accounted for more than half of an overall monthly loss of 91,100 in the western region of the country.
Nationally, the board said, ads declined 292,100 to 4,894,100 from February to March.
“The March decline largely offsets the February gain and left the first quarter of 2014 with a minor drop of 50,000. It’s not the start of the year we were hoping for,” said June Shelp, vice president of the Conference Board. “The flat trend that we saw throughout last year seems to have continued into the first quarter of this year.”
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