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Online job ads fall in Sacramento and statewide in December

Online job postings fell in December in Sacramento and throughout California, partly due to an expected decline in seasonal hiring, according to The Conference Board, the New York-based business research group.

The board said California employers posted 575,500 online ads last month, down 17,800, or 3 percent, from November’s total of 593,300. However, it was a nearly 5 percent gain over the December 2013 total of 548,300. California’s month-to-month decline was the largest by far in the West, which led all U.S. regions in monthly declines of job postings.

Nationally, job-vacancy ads fell 79,200 to 5.17 million from November to December.

Sacramento had 28,700 online ads in December, a 2.4 percent dip from the previous month, but an 8.7 percent increase over December 2013.

Board officials said numbers for all of 2014 were further evidence of post-recession gains.

“Online labor demand quickly rebounded from the recession and surpassed the pre-recession series high in early 2012. In the three years since then, the level of online labor demand has increased further by about 20 percent,” Gad Levanon, managing director of macroeconomic and labor market research, said in a statement.

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