Job ads continue to slide
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Job advertisements fell for an 11th straight month in January, a leading employment survey says.
The ANZ Job Ads survey, released on Monday, showed the total number of ads fell 0.9 per cent in January, after a fall of 2.8 per cent in December.
According to the survey, the number of job advertisments placed online or in newspapers has declined in seasonally adjusted terms every month since February 2012.
The number of job ads placed in newspapers fell 9.2 per cent in January, in seasonally adjusted terms, while internet job ads declined 0.6 per cent.
But ANZ head of Australian economic and property research Ivan Colhoun said that, given the large fluctuations that occurred during December and January, the latest jobs figures were relatively steady.
"Following some notable weakness at the end of last year, job advertising was broadly unchanged in January," he said.
"Given the large seasonal swings in job advertising over the December/January period, we will need to assess the February data to ascertain whether the previous decline in job advertising is beginning to moderate."
Mr Colhoun said newspaper advertising declined in all states except the Northern Territory and Tasmania.