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US Job Website Visits by Month

The number of unique visits to US job websites has been on a steady rise over the last few months, but it is still well off of the highs that it reached last year. In August 2010, US job sites received about 130 million unique visits which represented a 1.7% increase over July 2010, but this was still well below the highs of 170 million visits per month which were seen throughout 2009.

The data in the chart below come from Compete.com, which is a website analytics platform, and are an aggregate of views to careerbuilder.com, hotjobs.yahoo.com, indeed.com, and monster.com.  Could these data be a sign that the job market is beginning to tighten again? Or does it simply mean that people were so discouraged that they stopped looking for a job at the beginning of the year, and now they are beginning to look for jobs again? The monthly jobs numbers should let us know soon.