The Monster Employment Index for the U.S, which measures online job
availability in the country, increased to 120 in April from 118 in
March, the online job-advertising agency Monster Inc. said Thursday.
The rise in the index indicates that there was a slight increase in
online job opportunities. However, on a yearly basis, the index was
down 31% in April.

Jesse Harriott, senior vice president
and chief knowledge officer at Monster Worldwide said, April's rise in
online recruitment activity was in line with seasonal expectations and
suggests that the pace of slowdown in the U.S. labor market is

During the month, protection service occupations
showed the largest monthly gain. Accommodation and food service as also
the art and entertainment industries showed an increase in online job
demand in April. Transportation and warehousing industries also showed
a strong rise in online job opportunities.

Meanwhile, online job
recruitment activity in the mining and extraction sector fell further
in April, reflecting the impact of the current recession on commodity
demand, which lowered business expansion. Legal, architecture and
engineering occupations also experienced declines in online job
opportunities in April.

Region-wise, 19 out of the top 28 major U.S metros recorded gains in online recruitment activity in April.

Monster Employment Index is a broad and comprehensive monthly analysis
of U.S. online job demand conducted by Monster Worldwide, Inc, with
data being collected since October 2003.