California and Sacramento saw modest gains in online job ads in August, reflecting a general national trend of flat labor demand, according to the latest monthly report by The Conference Board, the New York-based business research group.
Golden State employers posted 615,000 online ads last month, up 9,300, or 1.5 percent, from 605,700 in July. The latest total was a nearly 6 percent improvement over 581,600 job vacancy ads posted in August 2014.
Sacramento saw a tiny monthly gain, with employers posting 28,800 online ads in August, up 1 percent from 28,500 in July. This year’s August total was up about 4.3 percent from 27,600 in August last year.
Nationally, online advertised job vacancies edged up a tiny 34,200 to 5.41 million between July and August.
“Labor demand remained little changed in August, maintaining a basic flat trend over the past six months,” said Gad Levanon, managing director of the macroeconomic and labor market research with the board.