After a strong opening quarter this year, online job listings in April slumped a bit in California and nationwide, according to The Conference Board, a New York-based business research group.
Golden State employers posted 625,200 online ads last month, down 9,800, or 1.5 percent, from March. The April total, however, was a 17.5 percent improvement over 531,900 job vacancy ads posted in April 2014.
Sacramento actually saw some gains with employers posting 31,600 online ads in April, up slightly from 31,400 in March and a 19.6 percent gain from 26,400 in April last year.
Nationally, online advertised job vacancies fell 104,500 to 5.36 million between March and April.
The board said California had 1.93 unemployed people per advertised job vacancy, higher than the national ratio of 1.57-to-1.
The board said the current job vacancy ratio is now in line with pre-recession levels. At its worst in April 2009, the national ratio was 5-to-1, meaning there were five unemployed people for every online ad.
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