Job Index Makes Modest Gains In July

Job Index Makes Modest Gains In July

By Mike Sachoff – Mon, 08/09/2010 – 5:06pm.

Job growth slows

The Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI) increased in July for the 14 month in a row.

The index now stands at 97, up from June’s figure of 96.7. The index is up 9.8 percent from a year ago.

“The growth rate of the Employment Trends Index slowed sharply in the past three months, suggesting that employment growth will remain too weak to keep up with the increase in the working age population,” said Gad Levanon, Associate Director, Macroeconomic Research at The Conference Board.

“The disappointing employment numbers may indicate that the low levels of household spending and confidence are making businesses more cautious when it comes to hiring.”

The Employment Trends Index aggregates eight labor-market indicators, each of which is accurate in its own area.

The eight labor-market indicators aggregated into the Employment Trends Index include:

*Percentage of Respondents Who Say They Find “Jobs Hard to Get” (The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Survey)

*Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance (U.S. Department of Labor)

*Percentage of Firms With Positions Not Able to Fill Right Now (National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation)

*Number of Employees Hired by the Temporary-Help Industry (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

*Part-Time Workers for Economic Reasons (BLS)

*Job Openings (BLS)

*Industrial Production (Federal Reserve Board)

*Real Manufacturing and Trade Sales (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis)

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