About 5,171,500 online job postings appeared on leading Internet job boards in November, an increase of 244,700 from October, the Conference Board reported Wednesday.

"The theme for labor demand this year is up-one-month and down-the-next," said June Shelp, vice president at the Conference Board. "Eleven months into the year, we've seen six months up and five months down, with a net result of basically flat labor demand (a gain of fewer than 18,000 per month)."

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