MAYNARD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 8, 2001--As the unemployment rate made a significant jump in August and September to 4.9% and is predicted to rise following widespread corporate layoffs, the majority of Americans do not feel confident about their job security. According to the latest Monster Meter, 75 percent of Monster.com users are concerned about their job security. Of that 75 percent, nearly 40 percent have some anxiety about their job security, while 36 percent feel they could lose their job at anytime; this marks a increase from three months ago, when 30 percent felt they could lose their job at anytime. Additionally, only 8 percent of respondents both in September and June believe they are indispensable to their employers and not in any danger of losing their jobs. The Monster Meter, a product of Monster.com(R) the leading global online careers site and flagship brand of TMP Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ:TMPW), is an ongoing series of online polls that gauge users' opinions on a variety of topics relating to careers, the economy, and the workplace.
The Monster Meter asked, "On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate your job security."
A total of 14,847 votes were cast in September, revealing:
36% (5354 votes) said: "1 - I could be the next to go."
21% (3171 votes) said: "2 - I have a few worries."
18% (2748 votes) said: "3 - I'm somewhat safe."
17% (2529 votes) said: "4 - I'm confident in my importance."
7% (1045 votes) said: "5 - I am indispensable."
A total of 20,334 votes were cast in June, revealing:
30% (6144 votes) said: "1 - I could be the next to go."
20% (4113 votes) said: "2 - I have a few worries."
20% (4030 votes) said: "3 - I'm somewhat safe."
22% (4532 votes) said: "4 - I'm confident in my importance."
7% (1515 votes) said: "5 - I am indispensable."
"As we have seen in the last couple of weeks and which has been confirmed by the latest unemployment figures and job cuts during the month of September, a difficult environment exists in the current labor market," said Marcel Legrand, senior vice president of product, Monster.com. "Given this time of economic uncertainty, it's increasingly important for all job seekers to be prepared for the fluctuations in the job market and to be aware of possible avenues and opportunities that will enhance their general marketability as a job candidate."
The results of the current Monster Meter are based on votes cast by Monster.com users from September 17th to September 24th, 2001 and June 4th to June 10, 2001. Only one vote per user is counted toward the final tabulation. Anyone interested in voting in Monster.com's current online poll may do so by logging onto Monster.com at www.monster.com . Users may review the results of past polls by going to http://midcareer.monster.com/polls/ .
Monster.com, headquartered in Maynard, Mass., is the leading global careers website, recording over 28 million unique visits during the month of August 2001 according to independent research conducted by I/PRO. Monster.com connects the most progressive companies with the most qualified career-minded individuals, offering innovative technology and superior services that give them more control over the recruiting process. The Monster.com global network consists of local content and language sites in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Luxembourg, India, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, and Finland. Monster.com is the official online career management services sponsor of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and 2002 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Teams. More information about Monster.com is available at www.monster.com  or by calling 1-800-MONSTER.
About TMP Worldwide
Founded in 1967, TMP Worldwide Inc., with more than 10,500 employees in 33 countries, is the online recruitment leader, the world's largest Recruitment Advertising agency network, and one of the world's largest Executive Search and Executive Selection agencies. TMP Worldwide, headquartered in New York, is also the world's largest Yellow Pages advertising agency and a provider of direct marketing services. The company's clients include more than 90 of the Fortune 100 and more than 480 of the Fortune 500 companies. In June 2001, TMP Worldwide was added to the S&P 500 Index. More information about TMP Worldwide is available at www.tmp.com .
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