The end of summer brought some good news and some bad news in job markets in the United States and Europe. The Monster Employment Index for the U.S. reversed three months of declines to edge up 2 points in August. But the employment site’s Employment Index Europe meanwhile dropped 8 points after three months of increases as online job opportunities fell across all major European markets.

The U.S. index rose moderately from 157 in July to 159 in August, but was still down from 188 the previous year. Hiring picked up in mining, education and health care, while the availability of jobs in manufacturing and construction continued to fall. Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia showed the biggest declines year on year, while Pittsburgh was the only major metropolitan area showing year-on-year growth.

In Europe, the index fell 8 points from July to August, to 159, its lowest level since January, following three consecutive months of growth. Still, the index was up 16 points from August 2007. All markets showed declines month to month. The Netherlands showed the biggest drop, followed by Italy and Sweden. The automotive, health care, and environmental and urbanism sectors continued strong, while hospitality and tourism, and agriculture, fishing and forestry, fell back, as typically occurs as summer wanes.

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