The number of job opening posted online slipped in April on P.E.I., says the Conference Board of Canada.

The board's April Help Wanted Index shows a fall of 2.5 point, the fourth straight month that the province's index has fallen.

Pedro Antunes, director of the board's national provincial forecasting team, said the April decline is a small one, but the four-month-long downward trend is a concern.

"In the last couple of years we've seen a lot of strength from the public sector supporting the economy," said Antunes.

"That is now coming away. We're seeing government spending in general on other services, such as public admin, health care, education, that is easing as well. So we're just not seeing that kind of support from the public side in terms of job creation."

While the governments across the country are pulling out of the job market, the private sector is doing a better job nationally of filling the gap. Across Canada the Help Wanted Index was up 2.2 points.