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Phoenix Job Report

By July 25, 2006

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It's time for the monthly online job analysis provided by Monster.com. Each month the parent company of Monster.com, Monster Worldwide, does an analysis of the online job trends for 50 state, as well as the 28 cities with the largest populations in the United States. Here are the results for June 2006.

Good News for June 2006

  • Phoenix was the top performer in terms of year-over-year growth in online recruitment activity among the top 28 U.S. markets.
  • The Phoenix payroll growth rate is nearly four times the national average.
  • The local unemployment rate in Phoenix has dipped to its lowest level in over four years, despite significant population inflows.
  • More online job opportunities for construction workers continued driven by new residential and commercial developments.
  • A rise in available extraction jobs might be linked to the Phelps Dodge’s Stafford copper mine project, which is expected to reach full operation in 2008.
  • Education, training and library occupations increased, spurred by increased staffing needs at Arizona State University’s new campus in downtown Phoenix.

Bad News for June 2006

  • The largest drop in online job demand was registered in the arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media category.
  • The management, engineering and sales categories retracted slightly.

Based on online job demand in relation to the total working population, the Monster Employment Index found the following states to be the top ten in terms of online job availability during the month of June 2006:

  1. Delaware
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. California
  5. Connecticut
  6. Maryland
  7. New Jersey
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Florida
  10. Colorado

This data was obtained from The Monster Local Employment Index. It is a monthly analysis of online job demand in the top 28 U.S. metro markets compiled each month by researchers at Monster Worldwide, Inc. The data is based on a review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from more than 1,500 Web sites, including Monster, and presents a snapshot of employer online recruitment activity in the top 28 U.S. markets with the largest working populations.

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