The Conference Board’s employment trends index grew to 104.32 in December from 103.64 in November, and is up 4.7% from a year ago, the group announced Monday.

“Job growth is picking up some steam in the U.S.,” said Gad Levanon, associate director of macroeconomic research at the board. “The employment trends index has been signaling this growth for three straight months now.”

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