The Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine Index fell to a reading of 103.0 in September from 104.4 in August, a decline of 1.3%; however, it’s still up 0.8% when compared to a year ago.

In the Midwest, North Dakota decreased 3.5% and Ohio decreased 1.9%. In the Northeast, Maine fell 4.9% and New York decreased 2.0%. In the South, North Carolina fell 3.1% and Louisiana decreased 2.6%. In the West, Wyoming declined 4.6% and Hawaii decreased 4.2%.

The “professional” occupational category experienced declines in education (-3.4%), legal (-2.5%) and business and finance (-1.9%). The services/production occupational category fell in protective services (-4.8%) and office and administrative support (-2.3%).

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