The Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI) increased in July for the 14th month in a row, it was announced on August 9. The index now stands at 97.0, 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 for 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."
This month's increase in the Employment Trends Index was driven by positive contributions from six out of the eight components. The improving indicators were: Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance, Percentage of Firms With Positions Not Able to Fill Right Now, Part-Time Workers for Economic Reasons, Job Openings, Industrial Production and Real Manufacturing and Trade Sales.
The Employment Trends Index aggregates eight labor-market indicators, each of which has proven accurate in its own area. Aggregating individual indicators into a composite index filters out so-called "noise" to show underlying trends more clearly.
The eight labor-market indicators aggregated into the Employment Trends Index include: