The Conference Board’s employment trends index slid to 96.7 in August from an upwardly revised 97.4 in July, and is 9.8% higher than the same month in 2009, the group said Tuesday. July ETI originally was reported at 97.0.

“Employment growth has been slow lately, and the employment trends index suggests that it may slow even further this fall,” said Gad Levanon, the board’s associate director of macroeconomic research. “However, we still expect job growth rather than an outright decline in the next several months.”

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