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Employment Trends Improve, Suggesting Strong Job Growth Ahead

Posted on September 22, 2017

The Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI) increased in August, after increasing in July, the Board reports.

This Index is determined by eight separate components, and in August six of them increased

From the largest positive contributor to the smallest, these were: Percentage of Respondents Who Say They Find “Jobs Hard to Get,” Industrial Production, Real Manufacturing and Trade Sales, Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance, Ratio of Involuntarily Part-time to All Part-time Workers, and Number of Employees Hired by the Temporary-Help Industry.

“The rapid growth in the Employment Trends Index continued in August, suggesting solid job growth in the months ahead,” said Gad Levanon, Chief Economist, North America, at The Conference Board. “While Friday’s job numbers were slightly disappointing, the ETI does not provide any indication of slowing employment growth.”

This is good to hear. We’ll see another jobs report from the government in a couple of weeks.