The Conference Board’s employment trends index rose 0.3% to 93.5 in February, up from an unrevised 1.0% jump to 93.2 in January. The ETI is up 13.4% in the past six months, the highest six-month growth rate since 1994, the group announced yesterday.

“The continued rise in the ETI suggests that job growth is about to begin,” said Gad Levanon, associate director of macro-economic research.

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