If you look at the number of job postings on some of the industry’s biggest boards in April, you can’t help but smile.

April was a great month for three media job boards, including mediabistro.com’s own board, with postings surging in the second half of the month.

On mediabistro.com’s board, the number of available jobs rocketed past 1,000 on April 15 and has stayed above 1,000 since, the longest stretch since we began keeping track at the beginning of the year.

Here’s a graphical representation of the data from about six weeks ago to today: the blue line represents the number of postings on a given day; the red is a seven-day average meant to smooth out weekend fluctuations.
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JournalismJobs.com also saw growth in the second half of the month, with its postings hitting over 700 earlier this week.

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And Bookjobs.com, a much smaller, niche board for those in publishing, also saw a surge in postings—volume there topped 150 earlier this month.

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Is this the beginning of the recovery? Maybe! This growth has been pretty consistent over the past few weeks—but let’s give it a little more time.