Dallas job market continues uptick, study findsOnline recruitment of employees in the Dallas area continued to increase during March, according to a index conducted by Monster Worldwide Inc.

Online job availability rose to a level of 110 in March from 107 in February, according to the index. A rise in the index means there are more jobs being posted.

Both the sales and related category and office and administrative support category rose five points in March. Business and financial operations jumped four points and management jumped three points on the index.

The gains point to an improved corporate climate in Dallas-Fort Worth, the index says.

The number of online job postings for construction and extraction reached its highest level since the index was started. The increase was spurred by higher demand for laborers in the Gulf Coast states and Texas’ mining sector.

Job postings for food preparation and hospitality-related occupations also saw a higher rate of increase as restaurant and hotel managers staff for the upcoming season.

The index is compiled monthly by researchers at New York-based job Web site, Monster Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: MNST). The index is a snapshot of online recruitment activity in 28 markets with the largest working populations, using online job postings as an indicator of employer demand for employees.

Monster said the Dallas area is enjoying solid population growth from relocation and in-migration. Payroll employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is growiing at a faster pace than the national average, the company said.