About 4,149,000 online job postings appeared on leading Internet job boards in May, unchanged from April, the Conference Board reported yesterday.

“After the large 223,000 April increase in online advertised vacancies that kicked off the spring hiring season, employers essentially held steady in May,” said June Shelp, vice president at the Conference Board.

“As the economy comes out of the recession, online demand has risen in a wide variety of occupations,” she said.

“Occupations commonly associated with office work (administrative, legal and computer jobs) as well as manufacturing and construction vacancies are improving but remain below their pre-recession levels, while online demand for workers in sales, education and training, entertainment, food preparation and service, healthcare support and personal care are all at or above their pre-recession 2007 levels,” Shelp said.

The gap between the number of unemployed and advertised vacancies (the supply/demand rate) stood at 3.68 unemployed for every advertised vacancy in April — the last available unemployment data — compared to 4.76 in October 2009.

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