Online Job Recruitment Activity Increased for May

June 13, 2006 ( - The Monster Employment Index for May showed an upswing in online recruitment activity.

The index, a monthly report which compiles information from thousands of online job search engines such as its own, job boards, corporate career sites and others, rose by four points in May to 167, and the overall index is up by 25%. Online job availability rose in 10 out of 23 categories.

The accommodation and food services industry rose by 15 points to 172, due to increased summer hiring, the index showed. Jobs in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting also increased – up by 10 points to 196 since April – also due to seasonality. Construction decreased by 7 points, but it still held the second-highest rating behind the “other services” category.

In May, the top three states with the most online job availability were Delaware, Arizona and Connecticut. The West South Central area of the US recorded the greatest increase – 9 points to 206 – in online job demand.

The Monster Employment Index for May is here .