Job-hunters received good news on Monday as the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry reported that over the third quarter of 2007, the number of job openings in the country rose to 67,300, an increase of 15.1 percent from the second quarter and an 87.5% jump from numbers in 2006's third quarter. "These numbers point to significant growth in the economy as a whole over the third quarter," said Beni Fefferman, director of the economic research department in the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry. "They reveal for us how quickly the economy has grown since last year and also tell us that the level of unemployment in the country has dropped." Separately, on Monday, the Manpower Index reported that hi-tech job index, a measure of the demand for local technology workers, rose 2.3% in October to 109. "The increase in the number of requests for hi-tech workers is the third consecutive month that the number has gone up and last month we registered an increase across all of the country's hi-tech sectors, especially for engineers and software developers," said Erez Benovich, director-general of MIT. While the increase is a nice jump from September, over the first 10 months of this year, it has actually dropped 6.6% from numbers at this time last year, Manpower said.