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Monster Employment Index Rises in April
April 2009 Index Highlights:

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 7, 2009-- The Monster Employment Index rose slightly in April, adding two points, as several industries, occupations, and regions registered increased online job availability. Year-over-year, however, the Index was down 31 percent. The Monster Employment Index is a monthly gauge of U.S. online job demand based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of corporate career Web sites and job boards, including Monster®.

During April, online job availability rose in nine of the Index’s 20 industry sectors and 13 of the 23 occupational categories monitored. Index results for the past 13 months are as follows:

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    Mar.

09

    Feb.

09

    Jan.

09

    Dec.

08

    Nov.

08

    Oct.

08

    Sept.

08

    Aug.

08

    Jul.

08

    Jun.

08

    May

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    Apr.

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120     118     122     118     131     143     150     160     159     157     163     166     174

“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 moderating,” said Jesse Harriott, senior vice president and chief knowledge officer at Monster Worldwide.

Accommodation and Food Services; and Art and Entertainment Industries Show Rise in Online Job Demand

Online demand in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry rose in April, with employers looking to increase staff numbers from sober winter levels. Accommodation and food services also saw a nine-point increase, suggesting stabilization in demand within the broader leisure and hospitality sector. Online job availability in the transportation and warehousing industry also experienced a solid rise in April.

In contrast, online job recruitment activity in mining and extraction declined further, reflecting the impact of the current recession on commodity demand which has tempered business expansion in the sector. The trade industries remained largely flat for the second consecutive month, with wholesale trade experiencing a two-point rise and retail trade declining by one point.

On a year-over-year basis, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting is the Index’s only positive growth industry category, while public administration, utilities, and healthcare – previous drivers of growth – now exhibit declines.

Online Job Opportunities for Protective Service Occupations See Largest Gain in April

Among occupations, protective service registered the strongest monthly increase in online job availability, while opportunities in education, training and library also expanded. Meanwhile, online offerings for transportation and material moving workers edged higher on the month as well, in line with the upward movement of the overall transportation and warehousing industry. In addition, the Index shows a leveling in demand for workers in business and financial operations.

In contrast, legal; and architecture and engineering occupations experienced declines in April, reflecting sustained overall weakness in the professional, scientific, and technical services industry.

On an annual basis, farming, fishing and forestry; and military specific were the only occupational categories showing greater online job availability compared to a year ago. In contrast, legal and architecture and engineering have seen the steepest declines over the last 12 months.

Online Job Availability Increases in Eight of Nine U.S. Census Bureau Regions in April

Online job demand rose in eight of the nine U.S. Census Bureau regions in April, with West North Central registering the largest increase in the month, mostly due to a rise in hiring activity in North Dakota. East North Central and West South Central also registered rises while Pacific experienced its first month-on-month increase since April 2008.

Mountain was the only region to show a decline in online demand in April, due to a notable fall in online job availability in Nevada.

All nine regions now report lower levels of online job availability compared to a year ago, with the East South Central region showing the smallest annual decline.

Nineteen of the Top 28 Major U.S. Metro Markets Register Gains in April

Orlando registered the largest monthly increase among the major metro markets, largely due to an increase in online demand for blue-collar categories such as transportation and installation, maintenance and repair. Detroit and Portland also edged up, while Houston exhibited the biggest decline in the month.

Year-over-year, all 28 metro markets registered a negative annual growth rate with Pittsburgh exhibiting the most moderate rate of decline.

To obtain a full copy of the Monster Employment Index report for April 2009, and to access current individual data charts for each of the 28 metro markets tracked, please visit http://corporate.monster.com/Press_Room/MEI.html. Data for the month of May 2009 will be released on June 4, 2009.

About the Monster Employment Index

Launched in April 2004 with data collected since October 2003, the Monster Employment Index is a broad and comprehensive monthly analysis of U.S. online job demand 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 on a monthly basis by Research America, Inc. The audit validates the accuracy of the 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 bring people together to advance 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. Monster Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500 Index. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit www.monster.com. More information about Monster Worldwide is available at http://corporate.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, seasonality 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.

Source: Monster Worldwide, Inc.

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Monster Worldwide
Deepika Murty, 978-461-8765
Deepika.Murty@monster.com
or
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Steve Sylven, 978-461-8503
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