NEW YORK – About 4,669,600 online job postings appeared on leading Internet job boards in March, an increase of 246,300 from February, the Conference Board reported Monday.

“The March sharp rise in labor demand continued to narrow the gap between the unemployed and available job opportunities,” said June Shelp, vice president at the Conference Board.

The Supply/Demand rate for the U.S. in February (the latest month for which the national unemployment number is available) stood at 2.90, indicating that there are just under 3 unemployed workers for every online advertised vacancy. Nationally, there are 8.4 million more unemployed workers than advertised vacancies, the Conference Board said.

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