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Employment Trends Index plummeted in March to 60.39
The Conference Board Employment Trends Index™ (ETI) plummeted in March, following a decline in February. The index now stands at 60.39, down from 109.27 (an upward revision) in February. The index is down 45.0 percent from a year ago.
“The Employment Trends Index plummeted in March, almost entirely due to the historically large increase in initial claims for unemployment,” said Gad Levanon, Head of The Conference Board Labor Markets Institute. “This period of declining employment is historically severe but could also be historically short. The most likely scenario is that within a couple of months, most of the orders to shut down non-essential businesses and stay at home will be lifted. While many employers will continue to shed workers after that time, these job losses will be more than offset by the millions who will return to work in the reopened businesses. Nevertheless, the total number of workers is likely to remain well below pre-COVID-19 levels for the remainder of the year, and the unemployment rate will remain in double digits after peaking at 15 percent in May.”
March’s decrease was fueled by negative contributions from seven of the eight components. From the largest negative contributor to the smallest, these were: Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance, the Ratio of Involuntarily Part-time to All Part-time Workers, the Number of Employees Hired by the Temporary-Help Industry, the Percentage of Firms With Positions Not Able to Fill Right Now, Job Openings, Real Manufacturing and Trade Sales, and Industrial Production.
Posted: April 6, 2020 Monday 10:00 AM