NEW YORK Online job advertisements declined by 1 million postings, or 23 percent, over the past two months, according to The Conference Board, a business membership and research organization.
In the category of food preparation and serving, the 55,500 online job postings last month were down from the 66,700 jobs ads in December. The January figure also marked a 33-percent decline from the 82,500 job ads in food preparation the same time a year ago, according to The Conference Board's Help-Wanted Online Data Series.
The study, released earlier this week, analyzed data from 1,200 major Internet job boards and smaller job boards that serve niche markets.
Other industries that saw a decline in online job postings included health care, computers, office and administrative support, finance and architecture, The Conference Board reported.
Overall, online advertised vacancies fell by 507,000 in December and another 506,000 in January, according to the survey. Labor demand also dropped in all four regions of the country — the Northeast, South, Midwest and the West — with the most populous states in all the regions posting declines.