About 4,024,000 online job postings appeared on leading Internet employment boards in January, a 382,000 increase from December’s 3,642,000, the Conference Board reported yesterday.

“The last three months have shown a sharp upturn in employer demand for workers,” said Gad Levanon, the board’s associate director for macroeconomic research.

“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,” he said. “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.”

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