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Online Hiring Site Sees Spike

Recruitment in a variety of industries and occupations has pushed an online index of hiring to its highest level ever.

An official at Monster Worldwide says his company's Monster Employment Index indicates businesses are "more confident about the strength of the economy." He says companies are hiring based on the prediction of continued growth.

The company says hiring in the retail and wholesale trade industries for the year-end holiday season played a major role in job growth.

In addition to the retail and wholesale trade industries, there was strong recruitment in the utilities sector, and heightened demand for computer and mathematical workers.

Strongest online demand for workers came in the region hit by Hurricane Katrina as New Orleans employers stepped up recruitment to get up and running again.

Monster is an Internet jobs and careers site.