Demand for workers in 2005 was 9 percent higher than in 2004 and 33% higher than in 2003, Manpower Israel said Tuesday. "2004 was characterized by recovery and improvement in demand for workers in all sectors, and 2005 continued this trend," the employment agency said of its study based on the "help wanted" columns of Israeli newspapers. If expectations of further economic growth in 2006 are met, and worker production levels improve, demand for workers will rise and more jobs will be created this year as well, bringing unemployment further beneath the 9% mark, commented Manpower Israel CEO Dalia Narkis Demand for computer-oriented and communications workers grew by 19% in 2005, but was "still far from the peak level of the year 2000," the company noted. Demand for workers in the commerce and services sectors rose 18%, reflecting growth in all sectors besides automobile maintenance, where employee demand sank 15%. The most significant growth occurred in demand for junior managers, tourism- and hospitality-sector workers, retail staff, and employees at restaurants and cafes, and in distribution agencies. Requests for engineers rose 9%, while demand for university-educated employees and managers rose 8%. Increased demand was noted for lawyers, accountants, workers in advertising agencies, nurses, translators, teachers, and project managers, while demand for pharmacists and biotech and pharmaceutical workers fell, alongside human resource managers, buyers, and workers at insurance companies. Demand for industrial production workers grew 7% and requests for clerical staff rose 6%, while demand for employees in marketing and sales fell 10%.