Monster Employment Index Canada Jumps 16 Points in May as Online Recruitment Activity Picks up after a Slow April



    - Index is up 37 per cent year-over-year

    - Seven of 10 provinces gain ground with Ontario leading the way

    - Ten of 13 major cities post increases with Toronto posting the nation's
largest gain

    MONTREAL, June 21 /CNW/ - The Monster Employment Index Canada rose 16
points in May to reach a new high of 172 points. The Index is now up 37 per
cent year-over-year.

    Eight of 10 national job classifications tracked by the Index posted
gains in online recruitment activity during May, led by positions in primary
industry; manufacturing; management; and business, finance and administrative
positions.

    Ten of 13 major Canadian cities tracked by the Index registered increases
in online job availability this month, with Toronto and Winnipeg posting the
largest gains.

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

    
       May  Apr  Mar  Feb  Jan  Dec  Nov  Oct  Sep  Aug  Jul  Jun  May
       07    07   07   07   07   06   06   06   06   06   06   06   06
      -----------------------------------------------------------------
       172  156  158  141  147  126  140  138  131  130  118  124  125
      -----------------------------------------------------------------
    

    "During May, the Index rebounded from the slowdown we've historically
seen in April," said Gabriel Bouchard, vice president and general manager of
Monster Canada. "In fact, the Index has increased 31 points over the past
three months, indicating that Canadian online job demand is strengthening."

    Online Demand Rises in Eight of 10 Occupational Categories

    Online demand for workers increased during May in eight of 10 job
classifications tracked by the Index, with the largest increases seen in the
following sectors: primary industry; manufacturing; management; and business,
finance and administrative.

    Occupations unique to primary industry (forestry, fishing and mining)
were the month's largest gainer with an increase of 18 points. The category is
now up 63 per cent year over year. Manufacturing rebounded with a gain of
eight points following a sharp dip in April. The management sector increased
15 points which can be attributed to substantial activity in the
accounting/auditing, executive management and human resources areas. There was
a surge in demand for workers in the business, finance and administrative
sector driven largely by Western employer's search for workers in financial
services; banking; and administrative and support services.

    Trades, transportation and warehousing registered a fifth consecutive
month of growth in May indicating a strong demand for workers in
transportation, traveling supply chain and logistics to support export growth
led by the energy sector. This category is now up four per cent year over
year.

    Demand for workers in the healthcare field increased by four points as
employers continued to seek workers nursing and personalized care staff.

    Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport dipped 10 points during
May but remain up 19 per cent year over year. Occupations in social sciences,
education, government service and religion declined 22 points in May amid
decreased demand for workers in education, government and non-profit
positions. The Index for this sector remains up two per cent year over year.

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

    
                                                          2007
                                                -------------------------
    Occupations                                  May  Apr  Mar  Feb  Jan
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Business, Finance
    and Administrative Occupations               123  108  118  108  113
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Health Occupations                           131  127  126  130  126
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Management Occupations                       135  119  131  118  122
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Natural and Applied Sciences
    and Related                                  136  129  134  125  131
    Occupations
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Occupations Unique to
    Primary Industry                             175  157  150  140  137
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Occupations Unique to
    Processing, Manufacturing                    133  117  123  111  120
    and Utilities
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Occupations in Art, Culture,
    Recreation and Sport                         139  149  139  128  129
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Occupations in Social
    Science, Education,                          110  133  119  135  107
    Government Service and
    Religion
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Sales and Service
    Occupations                                  135  130  121  108  124
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Trades, Transport and
    Equipment Operators and                      140  138  134  121  119
    Related Occupations
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

    Seven of 10 Provinces Rise During May

    During May, online recruitment activity increased in seven of 10 Canadian
provinces. Ontario led the way with an 18-point gain.

    Central Canada posted strong results during May following a downturn in
April. Quebec also registered an increase - 13 points. The region's increases
came amid increased demand for workers in business, finance and administrative
positions; management occupations; natural and applied sciences (including IT,
computer services and engineering); and sales and services.

    In Western Canada, online recruitment experienced a similar increase.
Saskatchewan led the west with a gain of seven points. Manitoba followed with
six points and both B.C. and Alberta gained five points. In Saskatchewan the
increases came amid increased demand for workers in business, finance and
administrative occupations; sales and services; and, trades, transportation
and warehousing. Alberta's five-point gain reflects strong demand for workers
in business, finance and administrative occupations; management; healthcare
services; and, trades, transportation and warehousing. B.C. experienced
increased demand for workers in sales and services; construction, trades and
transportation; and, business, finance and administrative occupations.

    Turning to Atlantic Canada, three of four provinces posted decreases,
with Newfoundland, up one, posting the region's only increase. The Atlantic
region's decreases reflected weakened demand for workers in social services,
education, government service and religion; trades, transportation and
warehousing; and sales and service positions.

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

    
    Provinces &                                           2007
    Territories                                 --------------------------
                                                 May  Apr  Mar  Feb  Jan
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Alberta                                      148  144  147  125  137
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    British Columbia                             147  142  143  131  129
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Manitoba                                     181  175  155  138  138
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    New Brunswick                                150  151  145  135  130
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Newfoundland and
    Labrador                                     150  149  141  131  132
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Nova Scotia                                  137  143  137  112  127
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Northwest Territories                        115  160  126  134  125
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Nunavut                                      168  153  147  142  115
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario                                      175  158  169  151  163
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Prince Edward Island                         148  150  125  115  107
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec                                       154  141  137  115  125
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Saskatchewan                                 126  120  117   96  107
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Yukon Territory                              114  142  118  127  102
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

    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 May:

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

    Ten of 13 Major Cities Register Increases in May

    In May, ten Census Metropolitan Areas tracked by the Monster Employment
Index Canada registered solid increases in online recruitment activity, while
only one remained flat and two decreased slightly.

    In Central Canada, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa-Gatineau all posted
increases while Quebec City posted a slight decrease. Montreal's
thirteen-point increase to 170 came from the intensified demand for workers in
business, finance and administrative positions; management; natural and
applied sciences; and, sales and service. Montreal registered its largest
increase ever in online job demand. In a year-over-year comparison, Montreal
is up 47 per cent in May. Quebec City had a slight decrease of two points amid
reduced job opportunities for workers in natural and applied sciences and
trades and transportation. Despite this loss, Quebec City still remains 37 per
cent higher than a year ago. Toronto is up 14 points due to online job demand
for workers in business, finance and administrative occupations; management;
and natural and applied sciences, which includes computer services, IT and
engineering. This puts the city up 42 per cent on a year-over-year basis.
Rounding out the region's major cities, Ottawa-Gatineau increased 11 points.

    In Western Canada, Calgary and Edmonton inched up two and three points
respectively. Both cities saw an increase in online job demand for workers in
management; business, finance and administrative occupations; and, sales and
services. While Calgary also saw an increase for workers in healthcare
services, Edmonton saw an increase for workers in the natural and applied
sciences occupations. Vancouver gained six points in May, boosted by online
job demand for workers in construction and trades; information services; and,
business, finance and administrative occupations.

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

    
    Census                                                2007
    Metropolitan                                --------------------------
    Areas                                        May  Apr  Mar  Feb  Jan
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Calgary                                      139  137  142  124  134
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton                                     162  160  165  135  148
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Halifax                                      135  135  125  105  119
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hamilton                                     200  193  190  176  182
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Kitchener                                    174  165  176  172  163
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Montreal                                     170  157  155  130  139
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ottawa/Gatineau                              140  129  133  130  137
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec City                                  145  147  141  121  130
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Regina                                       123  125  126  101  115
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Saskatoon                                    124  117  123   93  105
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto                                      163  149  161  144  155
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver                                    142  136  138  134  131
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Winnipeg                                     197  174  170  149  145
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

    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 May:

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

    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 June 2007
findings of the Monster Employment Index Canada will be released on July 19,
2007

    To obtain a full copy of the Monster Employment Index Canada report for
May 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.

    About Monster Worldwide

    Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:   MNST), parent company of Monster(R), the
premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to
bring people together to advance their lives. With a local presence in key
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