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Craigslist leading rise in online classified ads


At least one thing is going up, not down, in this U.S. downturn, and that’s online visits to classifieds web sites — fueled by the recession itself.

According to Internet tracker Hitwise, traffic to U.S. classifieds sites rose 84 percent in February, driven by — you guessed it —

Craigslist’s marketshare increased a whopping 90 percent year-over-year in February, while that of other classified ad sites gained only 22 percent. 

Hitwise didn’t break out what folks were looking for in February, but online classifieds – which have been stealing thunder from newspapers for years — are now the go-to spot for apartment seekers, job hunters and those just coveting that old (but still lovely!) wicker set gathering dust in your garage.