Demand for workers in March surged more than 15 percent from the previous month and 6.1% year-on-year as employers sought sales and service staff for the Pessah holidays, the Employment Service reported Monday. "The increase in the demand for workers during the month of March is a result of two factors: a rise in the demand for sales and service-related positions ahead of the Pessah holidays and intensified work by Employment Service employees with employers and job seekers," Employment Service director Yossi Farhi said In contrast with the rest of the country, demand for workers in the North dropped in March compared with the same month last year, he said. "The fall in the demand for workers in the North is a sign of caution by employers to hire additional workers in view of reduced employment in the area and the closure of factories," Farhi said. During March, demand for workers rose 6.1%, to 24,200, compared with 22,800 during the same month last year. Compared to February, when demand for workers was 20,900, it jumped 15.3%. Despite the recession, the average monthly demand for workers in the first quarter of this year was 21,700, down 2.5% compared with last year, the Employment Service said. The drop in demand for workers moderated because of the Employment Service's increased activity with employers, it said. The average monthly demand for workers during January and February was 20,500, down 8% compared with average monthly demand for workers last year. Demand for workers averaged 22,300 per month last year compared with a year earlier. In March, 45% of the demand for workers was for unskilled jobs. General manufacturing workers were the most in demand, followed by security personnel and sales and telemarketing staff. The lowest demand for workers was for locksmiths, followed by housekeeping staff, cashiers, office clerks and telephone receptionists. Demand for workers rose the most in the South, where it surged 19.1% compared to the same month last year, and was up 31.4% from the previous month. In the Jerusalem area, demand surged by 14% from the same month a year earlier and by 0.2% compared with February. In the Dan region, including Tel Aviv, demand for workers was up 3.8% last month compared with last March, and up 11% compared to February. The North suffered the biggest plunge in the demand for workers in March, down 10.3% on a year-on-year basis. Cities with the highest demand for workers in March were Jerusalem, with 2,323 requests; Tel Aviv, with 2,036; and Haifa, with 1,134. Cities with the lowest demand for workers were Netanyahu, with 741 requests; Petah Tikva, with 751; Rishon Lezion, with 829; Ashdod, with 842; and Beersheba, with 931. The Employment Service figures are not seasonally adjusted and do not take into account holidays and the number of workdays during the month.