The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index (ETI) climbed to 109.02 in December from an upwardly revised 108.19 in November, originally reported as 107.82, and is up 3.1% from a year ago, the group announced Monday.

"After posting a significant increase in December, following an upward revision in November, the Employment Trends Index is improving," said Gad Levanon, Associate Director, Macroeconomic Research at The Conference Board. "However, 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."

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