Despite this anticipated seasonal slowdown, almost all industries, occupations, regions and states show much higher levels of online job availability than a year ago, demonstrating solid growth over the course of 2005.

Like many of the nation's major metropolitan markets, the Orlando area experienced a slight decrease in online job availability during December, due in part to a typical year-end slowdown in recruitment.

The Orlando area's job market continues to show stability, with a sold level of opportunities spanning the corporate, private and public sectors. The market also continues to boast one of the nation's lowest unemployment rates, which stood at 3.3 percent at the end of November.

The surge in the Monster Local Employment Index in February suggests a healthy and confident business climate across all major metro areas in the U.S., with particularly strong growth amongst markets in the West and South. The first quarter of the year is clearly off to a solid start with the Index results showing strong, broad growth in employer demand for workers.

The hiring outlook continues to bode well for job seekers and for this springs' new crop of college graduates.