About 4,937,800 online job postings appeared on leading Internet job boards in December, an increase of 217,900 from November, the Conference Board reported Wednesday.

"Labor demand rose across the nation in December, with the largest gain in the Northeast," said June Shelp, vice president at the Conference Board. "The Northeast gain of 75,000 was good news after the drop in ads last month from the effects of Hurricane Sandy that impacted states from Virginia to Massachusetts. All in all, 2012 and 2011 ended with the same average monthly gain of about 50,000, with the first six months of the year significantly stronger than the last half." 

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