Monster Employment Index Canada Holds Steady for Third Quarter of 2007




    - Index is Unchanged from Q2 at 165 Points, Registers a 31 Per Cent
Increase Year-over-Year

    - Seven Provinces Post Increases, with Atlantic Canada and Saskatchewan
Leading the Way

    - Five of 13 Major Cities Post Increases, with Regina and Saskatoon
Posting Largest Gains

    MONTREAL, October 18 /CNW/ - The Monster Employment Index Canada held
steady in the third quarter at 165 points.

    Year-over-year, the Index was up in Q3 by 39 points or 31 per cent,
reflecting solid gains through the year overall in online recruitment
activity. The online recruitment gains in the national job classifications
during the July-to-September period came in the manufacturing, processing and
utilities sector, as well as the natural and applied sciences sector, which
includes IT jobs.

    Five of 13 major Canadian cities tracked by the Index registered
increases in online job demand in Q3, with Regina and Saskatoon posting the
largest gains at 24 and 19 points respectively.

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

    
      Q3     Q2    Q1    Q4     Q3     Q2      Q1     Q4      Q3      Q2
     2007   2007  2007  2006   2006   2006    2006   2005    2005    2005
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
     165     165   149   134    126    123    112     92      97      99
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    "While the Index held relatively steady during Q3, it is also important
to note the 31-per-cent increase in online recruitment year-over-year, which
reflects healthy economic activity overall for the third quarter of 2007 in
Canada," said Gabriel Bouchard, vice president and general manager of Monster
Canada. "Canadian online job demand clearly remains strong, indicating that
employers intend to continue hiring through the fourth quarter of 2007."

    Online Demand Rises in Two of 10 Occupational Categories

    Online demand for workers during the third quarter increased in just two
of 10 job classifications tracked by the Index, with the largest increase, 28
points, seen in occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities.

    The quarter's other big gainer was the natural and applied sciences
sector, which includes IT jobs, rising 11 points for year-over-year growth of
29 per cent overall.

    Those gains were offset by losses in management, healthcare and
sales-and-services positions. Hiring activity in the management sector
declined by 15 points amid weaker demand among accounting, human resources and
executive positions.

    Healthcare recruitment was down 14 points, with stronger activity in
British Columbia offset by declines in Alberta and Ontario.

    The sales-and-services job category declined by 14 points during Q3,
consistent with previous seasonal trends for this time of year.

    Online recruitment for trades and transportation jobs fell by six points
as all provinces showed similar declines.

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

    
    National Occupation                2007          2006          2005
     Classification                ---------------------------------------
                                    Q3  Q2  Q1  Q4  Q3  Q2  Q1  Q4  Q3 Q2
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Business, Finance and
     Administrative Occupations     104 115 113 104 105 104 105  90 98 107
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Health Occupations              116 130 127 124 124 123 112  99 95  94
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Management Occupations          111 125 124 114 112 113 113  93 96  99
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Natural and Applied Sciences
     and Related Occupations        145 134 130 130 115 115 113  98 94  94
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Occupations Unique to Primary
     Industry                       148 177 142 123 112 108 108  94 95 102
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Occupations Unique to
     Processing, Manufacturing and
     Utilities                      154 126 118 132 135 125 109  94 97  99
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Occupations in Art, Culture,
     Recreation and Sport           138 152 132 134 124 114 110  98 91 100
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Occupations in Social Science,
     Education, Government Service
     and Religion                    98 120 120 118 102 109 101 100 94 105
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Sales and Services Occupations  115 129 118 109 115 123 109  90 98 104
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Trades, Transport and Equipment
     Operators and Related
     Occupations                    131 137 125 120 119 132 109  93 99  98
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    Seven Provinces Post Gains During Third Quarter

    Online recruitment increased in seven Canadian provinces during the third
quarter of 2007, with the Maritime provinces and Saskatchewan leading the way.

    In Central Canada, Ontario saw online recruitment drop by six points
overall, while Quebec registered a 16-point decline. Both provinces were
affected by weaker recruitment in the areas of management, sales-and-services,
and business, finance and administrative occupations.

    In Western Canada, online recruitment in B.C. was down one point while
Alberta increased by two points. The most notable declines were in business,
finance and administrative occupations, health and management. On the
Prairies, Saskatchewan saw activity increase overall by 26 points, while
Manitoba ended the quarter with a two-point increase.

    In Atlantic Canada, there was strong growth overall as all eastern
provinces increased. New Brunswick saw the greatest increase with a 15-point
jump, followed by Nova Scotia at seven points, PEI at four points and
Newfoundland rising three points. The activity in the East was driven largely
by growing demand for workers in natural and applied sciences, occupations in
social sciences and government services, as well as in business, finance and
administrative occupations.

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

    
    Provinces & Territories           2007          2006          2005
                                  ----------------------------------------
                                   Q3  Q2  Q1  Q4  Q3  Q2  Q1  Q4  Q3  Q2
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Alberta                        151 149 136 127 122 119 112 97  95  96
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    British Columbia               146 147 134 126 126 121 113 98  95  94
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Manitoba                       180 177 144 136 131 128 113 96  94  97
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    New Brunswick                  169 154 137 135 132 123 112 94  99  95
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Newfoundland and Labrador      155 152 134 123 125 124 111 96  98  94
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Nova Scotia                    173 145 125 119 119 121 111 93  100 96
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Northwest Territories          131 133 128 116 105 110 103 107 97  94
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Nunavut                        141 149 134 128 105 112 104 93  96  107
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario                        161 167 161 140 118 113 108 89  100 104
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Prince Edward Island           153 149 116 100 111 112 100 97  103 100
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec                         128 144 126 118 121 116 107 92  100 101
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Saskatchewan                   152 125 107 103 119 120 103 96  99  102
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Yukon                          125 128 116 113 103 106 97  105 97  100
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    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 third quarter of 2007:

    
      Rank            Province
    --------- ------------------------
        1             Alberta
        2           Saskatchewan
        3             Manitoba
        4           Nova Scotia
        5       Prince Edward Island
        6         British Columbia
    

    Five of 13 Major Cities Register Gains in Third Quarter

    Five of the 13 Census Metropolitan Areas tracked by the MEI registered
increases in online recruitment activity, while the remaining cites tracked
saw online recruitment decline. Regina and Saskatoon registered the biggest
increases at 24 and 19 points respectively. Quebec City and Kitchener
registered the biggest decreases as online recruitment fell by 12 points in
each city.

    In Ontario, activity in Hamilton decreased by three points amid decreased
opportunities for workers in management, healthcare services and business,
finance and administrative occupations. Toronto fell by two points amid weaker
demand for workers in business, finance and administrative occupations,
natural and applied sciences, management and sales and services. Activity in
Ottawa also posted a two-point loss.

    In Quebec, activity in Montreal fell by nine points over the quarter as
employers sought fewer workers in business, finance and administrative
positions, management, and trades and transportation. Quebec City's 12-point
loss is attributed to weaker demand for workers in business, finance and
administrative occupations, management, and natural and applied sciences.

    In Western Canada, Winnipeg gained eight points, while Edmonton
experienced an increase of one point amid stronger demand for workers in
natural and applied sciences, trades and transportation, and manufacturing.
Calgary was unchanged in Q3 while Vancouver fell by two points. Calgary saw
healthy demand for workers in natural and applied sciences and manufacturing.
Vancouver saw weaker demand for workers in healthcare as well as in business,
finance and administration, and management jobs.

    In the East, Halifax saw online recruitment rise by nine points.

    Results for the 13 Census Metropolitan Areas tracked by the Index over
the last year are as follows:

    
    Census Metropolitan Areas         2007          2006          2005
                                  ----------------------------------------
                                   Q3  Q2  Q1  Q4  Q3  Q2  Q1  Q4  Q3  Q2
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Calgary                        139 139 133 128 125 125 113 99  94  95
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton                       164 163 150 135 126 125 105 95  99  101
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Halifax                        147 138 116 118 113 120 113 99  96  92
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hamilton                       196 199 183 167 135 124 113 96  96  95
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Kitchener                      155 167 170 149 117 110 112 95  95  98
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Montreal                       159 168 141 116 124 115 106 93  100 101
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ottawa/Gatineau                133 135 133 125 112 114 110 100 99  91
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec City                    132 144 131 109 113 104 105 90  102 102
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Regina                         149 125 114 104 116 114 102 94  97  107
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Saskatoon                      144 125 107 102 113 113 102 101 100 96
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto                        154 156 153 141 122 120 111 92  95  102
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver                      139 141 134 126 124 122 113 99  94  94
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Winnipeg                       197 189 154 145 144 143 113 97  96  94
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    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 third quarter of 2007:

    
      Rank             CMA
    --------- ---------------------
        1           Edmonton
        2            Calgary
        3           Saskatoon
        4            Regina
        5          Quebec City
        6           Winnipeg
    

    About the Monster Employment Index Canada

    The Monster Employment Index Canada is a broad and comprehensive
quarterly 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
Research America, Inc. Monthly Index reports can be accessed and subscribed to
free-of-charge online at http://eIndex.monsterworldwide.com. The next report
of the Monster Employment Index Canada will be released in January, 2008.

    To obtain a full copy of the Monster Employment Index Canada report for
the third quarter of 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 quarterly basis, please go
to http://www.monsterworldwide.com/Public_Relations/eIndex.html.

    About Monster Canada

    Monster Canada (www.Monster.ca) is Canada's leading online career
resources portal - a bilingual, user-friendly site that is improving the
employment and recruitment experience in today's competitive job market.
Headquartered in Montreal, Monster Canada is part of Monster, the leading
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bring people together to advance their lives. With a local presence in key
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