About 5,184,600 online job postings appeared on leading Internet job boards in September, an increase of 209,700 from August, the Conference Board reported Wednesday.

"The 210,000 gain for September is the first optimistic sign this year that employers are seeking additional workers," said June Shelp, vice president at the Conference Board. "This brings the gain for Q3 to 68,000/month and follows a Q2 gain of 27,000/month and a Q1 loss of 26,000/month."

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