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September MEI Year-over-Year Growth Rate (Graphic: Business Wire)

Stocks in this article: MWW

Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW):

September 2012 Index Highlights:

  • Monster Employment Index U.S. grows three percent annually in September and declines two percent month-over-month
  • Retail trade (up 12 percent) leads all sectors in annual growth, while construction rises 11 percent accelerating from nine percent recorded in August
  • Public administration (down 15 percent) and Information (down six percent) continue to exhibit negative year-over-year growth
  • Among the metro markets tracked by the Index, New York and Los Angeles gain momentum, while Atlanta records top growth annually

The Monster Employment Index U.S. is a monthly gauge of U.S. online job posting activity based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career Web sites and online job listings. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry.

Monster Employment Index U.S. results for the past 18 months are as follows:

                                                                                                             
Apr 11     May 11     Jun 11     Jul 11     Aug 11     Sep 11     Oct 11     Nov 11     Dec 11     Jan 12     Feb 12     Mar 12     Apr 12     May 12     Jun 12     Jul 12     Aug 12     Sep

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Y-O-YGROWTH

145     143     146     144     147     148     151     147     140     133     143     143     146     147     153     147     156     153     3%
                                                                       

Industry Year-over-year Trends: 14 of the 20 industries monitored by the Index showed positive annual growth trends.

  • Retail Trade (up 12 percent) finished atop all industry sectors coinciding with the recently reported escalation in consumer spending
  • Construction (up 11 percent) accelerated from the nine percent growth rate recorded in August, in line with recent relatively positive housing starts figures
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (up three percent) recorded a reduced growth pace compared to recent months reflected in the decelerated recruitment growth trends for architecture/ engineering and computer and mathematical occupations
  • Finance and Insurance (up three percent) remained flat month-over-month with continued recruitment activity for sales agents and personal financial advisors, as well as information/records clerks
  • Public administration (down 15 percent) continued to chart the steepest annual decline in the Index

Top Growth Industries

Year-over-year Growth      

Sep11

     

Sep12

     

% GrowthY-o-y

Retail Trade       170       191       12%
Construction       195       217       11%
Transportation and Warehousing       198       219       11%
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services       60       66       10%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting       213       231       8%
                 

Lowest Growth Industries

Year-over-year Growth      

Sep11

     

Sep12

     

% GrowthY-o-y

Management of Companies and Enterprises       110       110       0%
Utilities       148       146       -1%
Educational Services       89       87       -2%
Information       109       103       -6%
Public Administration       144       123       -15%
                 

Occupation Year-over-year Trends: Annual online demand for workers rose in 19 of 23 occupational categories in August.

  • Healthcare Occupations – Healthcare Support (up 17 percent) and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical (up 14 percent) recorded double-digit growth in September
  • Computer and Mathematical remained flat; while Production (down five percent) turned negative in September

Top Growth Occupations

Year-over-year Growth      

Sep11

     

Sep12

     

% GrowthY-o-y

Building, Grounds Cleaning, and Maintenance       115       139       21%
Healthcare Support       223       262       17%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical       165       188       14%
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry       167       189       13%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair       169       191       13%
                 

Lowest Growth Occupations

Year-over-year Growth      

Sep11

     

Sep12

     

% GrowthY-o-y

Education, Training, and Library       125       127       2%
Protective Service       65       66       2%
Management       143       144       1%
Computer and Mathematical       128       128       0%
Production       138       131       -5%
                 

Geographic year-over-year Trends: All 28 metro markets recorded positive annual growth in September.

  • Atlanta (up 13 percent) led all metro markets in terms of annual growth with notable momentum gains in occupational categories like management and healthcare
  • New York (up 10 percent) and Los Angeles (up 11 percent) gained momentum from August levels with a return to double-digit annual growth rate. Growth was recorded in computer and mathematical, business and financial operations, and arts, design, entertainment, sports and media for both markets
  • Growth eased for Midwestern markets monitored by the Index, with Cleveland (up one percent); Kansas City (up three percent); Indianapolis (up nine percent) and Chicago (up nine percent) recording decelerated annual growth pace from the prior month

Top Growth Metro Markets

Year-over-year Growth      

Sep11

     

Sep12

     

% GrowthY-o-y

Atlanta       104       118       13%
St.Louis       128       144       13%
Tampa       89       100       12%
Dallas       120       134       12%
Houston       142       158       11%
                 

Lowest Growth Metro Markets

Year-over-year Growth      

Sep11

     

Sep12

     

% Growth|Y-o-y

Washington, D.C.       63       66       5%
Pittsburgh       176       184       5%
Phoenix       79       82       4%
Kansas City       113       116       3%
Cleveland       134       135       1%
                 

International Trends:

  • Monster Employment Index Europe continued to demonstrate an annual reduction in online recruitment, declining by two percent in September. Environment, architecture/ urbanism and Education were the only two sectors to record double-digit annual growth, while Germany continued to remain the top growth country although at a decelerated pace of 3 percent.
  • Monster Employment Index India rises five percent from a year ago in August. Shipping/Marine continues to record the highest growth, while the printing and packaging sector also records strong annual growth. Among occupations, arts/ creative and management record solid annual growth.

To obtain a full copy of the Monster Employment Index U.S. report for September 2012, and to access current individual data charts for each of the 28 metro markets tracked, please visit http://about-monster.com/employment-index. Data for the month of October will be released on November 2, 2012.

About the Monster Employment Index U.S.

Launched in April 2004 with data collected since October 2003, the Monster Employment Index U.S. is a broad and comprehensive monthly analysis of U.S. online job posting activity conducted by Monster Worldwide, Inc. Based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of corporate career sites and job boards, including Monster, the Monster Employment Index presents a snapshot of employer online recruitment activity nationwide. All of the data and findings in the Monster Employment Index have been validated for their accuracy through independent, third party auditing conducted periodically by Research America, Inc. The audit validates the accuracy of the national online job recruitment activity measured within a margin of error of +/- 1.05%.

About Monster Worldwide

Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW), parent company of Monster, the premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to inspire people to improve their lives. With a local presence in key markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit www.monster.com. More information about Monster Worldwide is available at http://about-monster.com.

Special Note: Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Except for historical information contained herein, the statements made in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding Monster Worldwide, Inc.'s strategic direction, prospects and future results. Certain factors, including factors outside of Monster Worldwide's control, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward- looking statements, including economic and other conditions in the markets in which Monster Worldwide operates, risks associated with acquisitions, competition, and the other risks discussed in Monster Worldwide's Form 10-K and other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which discussions are incorporated in this release by reference.

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