Online job openings rise from a year ago

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2010 at 5:36 AM EDT

By Business First of Buffalo

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Online job openings rise from a year ago

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2010 at 5:36 AM EDT

Online advertised vacancies climbed 22.4 percent in March from a year ago in the Buffalo area, the Conference Board reported Wednesday.

Comparable double-digit growth was found in most other metropolitan areas across the U.S., including Rochester, which had a growth rate of 11.3 percent.

The number of online job openings in Buffalo was 14,100 for March, up from 11,500 last year but down from 15,800 a month ago.

Rochester had 11,300 such vacancies compared 8,800 last year and 12,500 in February.

The month-to-month decline was also prevalent nationwide, the Conference Board said in its monthly Help Wanted OnLine Data Series. Online job openings slipped 29,600 to 3.93 million in March from February. Following three months of large increases, totaling about 750,000 advertised vacancies, February and March have shown a small combined decline of 97,000.

"The upturn in labor demand over the last five months (+ 647,000) is a clear signal that the labor market is beginning to recover from the recession," said June Shelp, vice president at The Conference Board. "However, the recent February and March data suggests that employers may still be somewhat cautious about significantly expanding their workforce as we are preparing to enter the Spring hiring season."

The number of new ads posted on the Internet were up 25.6 percent year-over-year in Buffalo to 9,400 from 7,500.

Rochester saw an increase of 26.8 percent in the past year for new ads, rising to 7,300 from 5,700 in March 2009.