Houston scores highest marks on job activity index
— reported by the Houston Business Journal
Online job recruitment activity and related employment opportunities in the Houston metro area rose sharply in November, registering the largest increase among the 28 U.S. markets tracked by the Monster Local Employment Index.
The index is administered through New York-based Monster Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: MAST), the parent company of Monster, which operates an online careers and recruitment site at www.monster.com.
During November, online job demand in Houston increased in 16 occupational categories. Only one category — health care practitioners and technical — declined slightly, while demand for legal occupations remained unchanged.
Transportation and material moving and production occupations saw the most significant increases during the month. Demand for installation, maintenance and repair; building, grounds cleaning and maintenance; and construction workers also rose, likely spurred by intensifying reconstruction efforts in the Gulf Coast region.
Demand for white-collar workers also was strong, with management; business and financial operations; and office and administrative support all registering substantial increases.