Monster Employment Index Canada Rises 17 Points in March



    All provinces post gains in online recruitment activity; eight of 10 job
categories show increased online job availability

    Opportunities increase in all cities tracked, with Edmonton, Montreal
registering strongest gains

    Index now up 31 per cent year-over-year

    MONTREAL, April 19 /CNW/ - The Monster Employment Index Canada jumped 17
points in March, demonstrating broad growth in online job demand at the end of
the first quarter. The Index, which rose to its highest level to date, is now
up 38 points, or 31 percent year-over-year.

    Eight of 10 national job classifications tracked by the Index posted
gains in online recruitment activity during March, led by trades and
transportation jobs, sales and services, and management occupations.

    All major Canadian cities tracked by the Index registered greater online
job availability last month, with Montreal, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Regina
leading the way.

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

    
    Mar  Feb   Jan  Dec   Nov  Oct  Sep   Aug   Jul   Jun   May  Apr  Mar
     07    07   07    06   06   06    06    06    06    06   06   06   06
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    158   141  147   126  140  138   131   130   118   124  125  120  120
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    "During March, the Monster Employment Index Canada rebounded strongly
from the seasonal slowdown in February, as employers stepped up their
recruitment efforts amid the spring hiring season," said Gabriel Bouchard,
vice president and general manager of Monster Canada. "Every province and
every urban centre tracked by the Monster Index posted increases in online
recruitment last month, demonstrating broad demand for workers across
industries and occupations."

    Online Demand Rises in Eight of 10 Occupational Categories

    Online demand for workers increased during March in eight of 10 job
classifications tracked by the Index, with the largest increases seen for
workers in trades and transportation jobs, sales and service, and management,
business and finance jobs.

    Only two categories registered declines, as healthcare services edged
down four points and social sciences and government services dropped 16
points.

    Online job opportunities in occupations related to trades, transportation
and construction rose sharply, as did online recruitment in sales and service
occupations, where activity in March rebounded strongly following a seasonal
downturn in February.

    Demand for workers in the management category also increased, reflecting
higher demand for workers in accounting, executive management and human
resources jobs. Opportunities for workers in processing, manufacturing and
utilities jobs also jumped amid stronger economic activity in the
manufacturing sector overall, while online job availability in the financial
services and banking category edged up, in part due to particularly strong
demand for workers in Western Canadian cities.

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

    
                                                2007            2006
    Occupations                             -------------- ---------------
                                            Mar  Feb  Jan  Dec  Nov  Oct
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Business, Finance and Administrative
     Occupations                            118  108  113  100  106  107
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Health Occupations                      126  130  126  130  122  120
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Management Occupations                  131  118  122  107  119  116
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Natural and Applied Sciences and
     Related Occupations                    134  125  131  128  134  128
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Occupations Unique to Primary Industry  150  140  137  128  126  114
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Occupations Unique to Processing,
     Manufacturing and Utilities            123  111  120  108  141  149
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation
     and Sport                              139  128  129  139  140  123
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Occupations in Social Science,
     Education, Government Service and
     Religion                               119  135  107  128  115  112
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Sales and Service Occupations           121  108  124  104  110  114
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Trades, Transport and Equipment
     Operators and Related Occupations      134  121  119  114  119  126
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

    All 10 Provinces Rise During March

    During March, online recruitment activity increased in all 10 Canadian
provinces. All provinces exhibited double-digit increases, including three
provinces which gained more than 20 points.

    Central Canada rebounded from a sharp drop in February, while Ontario and
Quebec increased 18 and 21 points respectively. The gains can be attributed to
increased online job demand for workers in sales and service; trades,
transportation and warehousing; business, finance and administrative
occupations; and, natural and applied sciences, which includes IT, computer
services and engineering.

    In Western Canada, online recruitment also increased. British Columbia
added 12 points, and continues to boast significant online job demand for
workers in sales and service; construction, trades and transportation; and,
business, finance and administrative occupations. The province's unemployment
rate recently dipped to a new low of 3.9 percent.

    Meanwhile, Alberta jumped 21 points in March, its largest monthly
increase since the Index's inception in 2005. On the prairies, Saskatchewan
added 21 points amid increased online job demand for workers in business,
finance and administrative positions as well as sales and service and trades,
transportation and warehousing. Manitoba registered a gain of 17 points on
higher demand for workers in trades, transportation and warehousing; sales and
service; and, management.

    Turning to Atlantic Canada, three provinces posted increases of 10
points, while Nova Scotia surged 25 points. The Atlantic region's increases
reflected a strong demand for workers in sales and service occupations as well
as business, finance and administrative occupations and management positions.

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

    
    Provinces & Territories                  2007           2006
                               ------------------- -----------------------
                                Mar    Feb   Jan     Dec     Nov    Oct
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Alberta                      147   125    137     123     128    130
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    British Columbia             143   131    129     124     127    127
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Manitoba                     155   138    138     127     137    144
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    New Brunswick                145   135    130     124     134    145
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Newfoundland and Labrador    141   131    132     110     135    125
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Nova Scotia                  137   112    127     106     117    134
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Northwest Territories        126   134    125     131     115    103
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Nunavut                      147   142    115     140     130    115
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario                      169   151    163     127     155    139
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Prince Edward Island         125   115    107     112      88     99
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec                       137   115    125     108     120    127
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Saskatchewan                 117    96    107      97     109    104
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Yukon Territory              118   127    102     121     104    113
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    Provinces & Territories                       2006
                               -------------------------------------------
                                  Sep   Aug   Jul   Jun   May   Apr   Mar
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Alberta                       129   124   114   119   116   120   122
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    British Columbia              129   129   120   125   122   117   120
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Manitoba                      139   125   127   130   123   133   119
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    New Brunswick                 124   146   127   122   128   119   118
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Newfoundland and Labrador     115   132   129   122   129   120   116
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Nova Scotia                   120   121   117   121   121   121   117
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Northwest Territories          97   102   116   112   116   101   104
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Nunavut                        98   108   107   108   126   103   110
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario                       129   115   110   117   108   115   113
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Prince Edward Island          106   116   109   115   111   110   111
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec                        118   130   115   121   118   108   114
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Saskatchewan                  110   133   114   122   120   117   110
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Yukon Territory               102   102   105   102   114   102    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 March:

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

    All Cities Register Gains in March

    All 13 Census Metropolitan Areas tracked by the Monster Employment Index
Canada registered strong increases in online recruitment activity last month.
Edmonton and Saskatoon led the way with an increase of 30 points.

    In Western Canada, Regina and Winnipeg joined Edmonton and Saskatoon with
20-plus point increases. Calgary's 17-point increase comes amid stronger
demand for workers in trades, transport and equipment operation as relates to
oil sands activities, as well as in sales and service; and business, finance
and administrative occupations. Vancouver edged up four points, reflecting
continued demand for workers in preparation for the 2010 Olympics.

    In Ontario, online demand in Toronto rose 17 points in March. The Index
for Toronto is now up 38 percent year-over-year. Hamilton gained 14 points
while Ottawa-Gatineau and Kitchener gained three and four points respectively.

    In Quebec, online job demand jumped 25 points in Montreal, while Quebec
City saw a gain of 20 points. Both cities experienced significant increases in
online recruitment for workers in sales and service as well as business,
finance and administrative occupations.

    In Eastern Canada, online job demand grew by 20 points in Halifax.

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

    
    Census Metropolitan Areas         2007                  2006
                               -------------------- ----------------------
                                Mar    Feb    Jan     Dec    Nov    Oct
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Calgary                      142    124    134     124    129    131
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton                     165    135    148     130    136    139
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Halifax                      125    105    119     112    116    127
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hamilton                     190    176    182     160    179    160
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Kitchener                    176    172    163     154    157    135
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Montreal                     155    130    139     105    114    130
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ottawa/Gatineau              133    130    137     123    130    120
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec City                  141    121    130      97    108    121
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Regina                       126    101    115      99    111    102
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Saskatoon                    123     93    105      96    106    103
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto                      161    144    155     128    152    142
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver                    138    134    131     128    126    126
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Winnipeg                     170    149    145     139    146    150
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    Census Metropolitan Areas                    2006
                              --------------------------------------------
                                 Sep   Aug    Jul    Jun  May   Apr   Mar
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Calgary                      131    126    119   126  122   126   121
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Edmonton                     135    129    115   118  134   123   114
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Halifax                      112    113    113   122  120   118   116
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hamilton                     143    132    131   139  120   114   115
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Kitchener                    127    113    111   115  104   111   120
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Montreal                     121    134    119   124  116   106   114
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ottawa/Gatineau              120    111    105   113  115   114   114
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec City                  106    124    109   110  106    97   104
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Regina                       114    124    109   113  117   112   104
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Saskatoon                    107    121    113   111  115   113   110
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto                      132    116    119   125  115   120   117
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver                    128    126    119   122  127   116   118
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Winnipeg                     149    141    143   149  137   142   119
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    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 March:

    
      Rank            CMA
    ------------------------------
       1            Calgary
       2           Edmonton
       3            Regina
       4           Saskatoon
       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 April 2007
findings of the Monster Employment Index Canada will be released on May 17,
2007

    To obtain a full copy of the Monster Employment Index Canada report for
March 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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    About Monster Canada

    Monster Canada (www.Monster.ca) is Canada's richest online career
resources portal - a bilingual, user-friendly online resource that is
revolutionizing job seeking and recruitment. Headquartered in Montreal,
Monster Canada is part of Monster, the leading global online careers and
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