Online advertised vacancies rose by 382,000 to 4.02 million during January.

According to The Conference Board Help Wanted Online Data Series released today, the January rise follows a 255,000 increase during December and a 107,000 increase during November.
The nearly 750,000 vacancies posted during the last three months have been widespread across the nation and are consistent with the recent strength in the Gross Domestic Product numbers for the fourth quarter.

In the West, January online advertised vacancies rose by 122,500 during January. Washington postings rose by 7,000. California gained 67,600, Colorado gained 14,300, its largest monthly gain since April 2007, and Arizona rose 13,500, its largest gain to date.

“The last three months have shown a sharp upturn in employer demand for workers,” said Gad Levanon, associate director of macroeconomic research at The Conference Board. “These increases have brought us back near the labor demand levels that existed in November 2008 just prior to the huge losses resulting from the financial turmoil in the last quarter of 2008. This is very good news since these seasonally adjusted increases come in two months when we normally see employers cut back on advertising for workers.”