Monster Employment Index Canada Declines in February



    - Index dips six points in February and now sits at 141

    - Online demand declines in 10 of 13 cities, six of 10 provinces tracked
by Index

    - Weaker demand seen for workers in sales and service jobs,
manufacturing, financial occupations

    MONTREAL, March 15 /CNW/ - The Monster Employment Index Canada declined
by six points in February to end the month at 141 points. Weaker demand for
workers in occupations such as sales and service, manufacturing, finance and
natural and applied sciences contributed to the online recruiting decrease as
tracked by the Index.

    Despite the monthly decline, the Monster Employment Index Canada remained
at 36 points, 34 percent higher than it was at the same time last year.

    Overall results for the Monster Employment Index Canada over the past
year are as follows:

    
    Feb   Jan  Dec   Nov  Oct   Sep  Aug   Jul  Jun   May  Apr   Mar  Feb
      07   07    06   06    06   06    06   06    06   06    06   06   06
    ----- ---- ----- ---- ----- ---- ----- ---- ----- ---- ----- ---- ----
    141   147  126   140  138   131  130   118  124   125  120   120  105
    ----- ---- ----- ---- ----- ---- ----- ---- ----- ---- ----- ---- ----
    

    "After January's impressive results, online demand among Canadian
employers dipped in February, yet the level of activity overall remains
significantly higher than it was one year earlier," said Gabriel Bouchard,
vice president and general manager of Monster Canada. "Leading the downturn in
February were sectors such as sales, manufacturing and finance, while online
recruitment remained robust in other areas, including healthcare and trades
and transportation jobs."

    Online Demand Declines in Six of 10 Occupational Categories

    Online demand for workers decreased during February in six of the 10 job
classifications tracked by the Index, with the largest declines in online
recruiting reported in natural and applied sciences, sales and service, and
manufacturing jobs.

    Demand in sales and service occupations declined by 16 points last month
amid weaker demand for workers in retail sales jobs as well as in the
hospitality/tourism, restaurant and food service sectors.

    Online job demand in the manufacturing field declined by nine points in
February, while demand fell by seven points in the natural and applied
sciences sector, which includes IT, computer engineering and computer services
occupations. Demand was also weaker in management jobs last month, with the
index for that category dropping by three points.

    The largest increase in online job demand during February was seen in
social science, education and government service jobs, with that category
gaining 28 points overall last month.

    Online job demand also increased in the health care field, rising three
points, reflecting stronger demand for workers in nursing and personalized
services jobs. Demand also increased in the trades and transportation sector,
rising two points amid stronger demand for workers in construction,
transportation and warehousing jobs.

    Results for the 10 occupational categories tracked by the Index over the
past year are as follows:

    
                      2007                       2006
    Occupations      -------- --------------------------------------------
                     Feb Jan  Dec Nov Oct Sep Aug Jul Jun May Apr Mar Feb
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Business,
     Finance and
     Administrative
     Occupations     108 113  100 106 107 101 108 106 110 103 100 105 101
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Health
     Occupations     130 126  130 122 120 118 129 126 126 125 118 120 108
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Management
     Occupations     118 122  107 119 116 111 109 116 119 113 108 112 111
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Natural and
     Applied
     Sciences and
     Related
     Occupations     125 131  128 134 128 124 107 115 119 115 111 117 111
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Occupations
     Unique to
     Primary
     Industry        140 137  128 126 114 108 113 116  96 107 122 107 113
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Occupations
     Unique to
     Processing,
     Manufacturing
     and Utilities   111 120  108 141 149 140 131 135 132 124 118 117 107
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Occupations in
     Art, Culture,
     Recreation and
     Sport           128 129  139 140 123 121 135 116 123 117 103 110 117
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Occupations in
     Social Science,
     Education,
     Government
     Service and
     Religion        135 107  128 115 112 102 104 101 120 108 100  96  93
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Sales and
     Service
     Occupations     108 124  104 110 114 118 115 113 120 127 121 116 107
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Trades,
     Transport and
     Equipment
     Operators and
     Related
     Occupations     121 119  114 119 126 124 114 117 132 134 130 121 106
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    

    Six of 10 Provinces Post Declines During February

    During February, online recruitment activity declined in six of the 10
provinces tracked by the Index. Tied for the largest drop, Alberta and Ontario
both registered twelve-point decreases in online job demand.

    Ontario's 12-point loss and Quebec's 10-point loss can be attributed to
sharp decreases in demand for workers in sales and services; and natural and
applied science, which includes IT, computer services and engineering as well
as business, finance and administrative occupations.

    In Western Canada, online recruitment increased two points in British
Columbia, while Manitoba held steady with no change, Saskatchewan lost 10
points, and Alberta fell by 12. The Index for Saskatchewan, at 96 points,
dipped below its February 2006 level amid decreased demand for workers in
business, finance and administrative occupations; healthcare; and sales and
services. Alberta saw dramatic decreases in online demand for workers in
trades and transportation, business and finance, natural and applied sciences,
and sales.

    Turning to Atlantic Canada, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick posted
strong increases. Nova Scotia, down 15 points, and Newfoundland and Labrador
lost ground amid decreased online job demand for workers in social sciences,
education and government services; healthcare services; and, natural and
applied sciences.

    Results for the 13 provinces and territories tracked by the Index over
the last year are as follows:

    
    Provinces &       2007                       2006
     Territories     -------- --------------------------------------------
                     Feb Jan  Dec Nov Oct Sep Aug Jul Jun May Apr Mar Feb
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Alberta          125 137  123 128 130 129 124 114 119 116 120 122 104
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    British Columbia 131 129  124 127 127 129 129 120 125 122 117 120 108
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Manitoba         138 138  127 137 144 139 125 127 130 123 133 119 109
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    New Brunswick    135 130  124 134 145 124 146 127 122 128 119 118 103
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Newfoundland and
     Labrador        131 132  110 135 125 115 132 129 122 129 120 116 104
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Nova Scotia      112 127  106 117 134 120 121 117 121 121 121 117 105
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Northwest
     Territories     134 125  131 115 103  97 102 116 112 116 101 104 102
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Nunavut          142 115  140 130 115  98 108 107 108 126 103 110 103
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Ontario          151 163  127 155 139 129 115 110 117 108 115 113 101
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Prince Edward
     Island          115 107  112  88  99 106 116 109 115 111 110 111  95
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Quebec           115 125  108 120 127 118 130 115 121 118 108 114 103
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Saskatchewan      96 107   97 109 104 110 133 114 122 120 117 110  99
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Yukon Territory  127 102  121 104 113 102 102 105 102 114 102  98  98
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    

    Adjusted to total working population, the Monster Employment Index Canada
found the following provinces to be the top six in terms of online job
availability during the month of February:

    
      Rank             Province
    --------     ---------------------
       1                Alberta
       2                Ontario
       3               Manitoba
       4             Saskatchewan
       5           British Columbia
       6                Quebec
    --------     ---------------------
    

    Ten Cities Tracked by Index Lose Ground - Just Three Post Increases

    A total of 10 Census Metropolitan Areas tracked by the Monster Employment
Index Canada registered weaker online recruitment activity last month. The
only cities to post gains for the month were Vancouver and Winnipeg in the
West and Kitchener, Ont.

    In Ontario, online demand in Toronto declined by nine points in February,
while Ottawa-Gatineau declined by six points and Hamilton lost six points.
Kitchener, meanwhile, climbed by nine points amid stronger demand for workers
in business, finance and administrative jobs.

    In Quebec, online demand declined by nine points both in Montreal and in
Quebec City.

    In Western Canada, Vancouver saw online job demand increase by three
points and Winnipeg was up by four points but demand dropped by 14 points in
Regina, 13 points in Edmonton, 12 points in Saskatoon and 10 points in
Calgary.

    In Eastern Canada, online job demand sank by 14 points in Halifax.

    Results for the 13 census metropolitan areas tracked by the Index over
the last year are as follows:

    
    Census            2007                       2006
     Metropolitan    -------- --------------------------------------------
     Area            Feb Jan  Dec Nov Oct Sep Aug Jul Jun May Apr Mar Feb
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Calgary          124 134  124 129 131 131 126 119 126 122 126 121 107
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Edmonton         135 148  130 136 139 135 129 115 118 134 123 114  98
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Halifax          105 119  112 116 127 112 113 113 122 120 118 116 109
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Hamilton         176 182  160 179 160 143 132 131 139 120 114 115 107
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Kitchener        172 163  154 157 135 127 113 111 115 104 111 120 107
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Montreal         130 139  105 114 130 121 134 119 124 116 106 114 100
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Ottawa/Gatineau  130 137  123 130 120 120 111 105 113 115 114 114 108
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Quebec City      121 130   97 108 121 106 124 109 110 106  97 104 107
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Regina           101 115   99 111 102 114 124 109 113 117 112 104 101
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Saskatoon         93 105   96 106 103 107 121 113 111 115 113 110  96
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Toronto          144 155  128 152 142 132 116 119 125 115 120 117 105
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Vancouver        134 131  128 126 126 128 126 119 122 127 116 118 108
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    Winnipeg         149 145  139 146 150 149 141 143 149 137 142 119 110
    ---------------- -------- --------------------------------------------
    

    Adjusted to total working population, the Monster Employment Index Canada
found the following cities to be the top six in terms of online job
availability during the month of February:

    
      Rank              CMA
    ---------    ------------------
       1              Calgary
       2              Edmonton
       3             Kitchener
       4               Regina
       5             Saskatoon
       6             Vancouver
    ---------    ------------------
    

    About the Monster Employment Index Canada

    The Monster Employment Index Canada is a broad and comprehensive monthly
analysis of Canadian online job demand conducted by Monster Worldwide, Inc.
(NASDAQ:   MNST), parent company of the leading global online careers and
recruitment resource Monster(R). As the first national index measuring
real-time online job demand, the Monster Employment Index Canada is based on
millions of online job postings and data culled from Monster Canada
(www.monster.ca), as well as a number of other recruitment Web sites
considered representative of employer activity nationwide.

    With data collected since April 2005, the Index uses a consistent
methodology to track overall online job demand in Canada, providing Canadian
labour-market watchers with a new forward-looking indicator of employer demand
for employees.

    All of the data and findings in the Monster Employment Index Canada are
validated for accuracy through third party auditing conducted by U.S.-based
ARC Research. Monthly Index reports can be accessed and subscribed to
free-of-charge online at http://eIndex.monsterworldwide.com. The March 2007
findings of the Monster Employment Index Canada will be released on April 19,
2007

    To obtain a full copy of the Monster Employment Index Canada report for
February 2007, including all charts and tables, please visit
http://eIndex.monsterworldwide.com. To subscribe and have the Monster
Employment Index Canada report emailed to you on a monthly basis, please go to
http://www.monsterworldwide.com/Public_Relations/eIndex.html.

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    About Monster Canada

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