The Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI) increased in August. The index now stands at 113.54, up from 112.80 (an upward revision) in July. The ETI figure for August is 4.5 percent higher than a year ago.
“The growth of the Employment Trends Index (ETI) in recent months suggests that employment is likely to moderately expand through the fall,” said Gad Levanon, Director of Macroeconomic Research at The Conference Board. “The rapid job growth in the first half of 2013 was faster than we had expected given weak economic activity and only moderate improvement in the ETI. The slowing down of employment in the past two months brings the six-month trend to a more sustainable rate.”
August’s improvement in the ETI was driven by positive contributions from seven of its eight components. The increasing indicators — from the largest positive contributor to the smallest — were Ratio of Involuntarily Part-time to All Part-time Workers, Consumer Confidence Survey® Percentage of Respondents Who Say They Find “Jobs Hard to Get,” Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance, Real Manufacturing and Trade Sales, Industrial Production, Job Openings, and Number of Temporary Employees.
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 “noise” to show underlying trends more clearly.