U.S. hiring index is highest since 2008

01/7/2013 | Bloomberg Businessweek

The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index increased in December, the third straight monthly gain, and is at its highest level since July 2008. The index, which points to short-term hiring trends, is encouraging, but "if economic activity continues to expand slowly in the first half of 2013, it would be difficult for employers to maintain the current rate of job growth," said Gad Levanon of The Conference Board.

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