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SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®)

Employment Expectations Manufacturing Services
In February, the hiring rate will fall in manufacturing and remain virtually unchanged in services compared with a year ago. -3.0

Recruiting Difficulty Manufacturing Services
In January, recruiting difficulty rose in both sectors compared with a year ago. +0.1

New-Hire Compensation Manufacturing Services
In January, the index for new-hire compensation rose slightly in both sectors compared with a year ago.  +1.5


Source: February 2016 SHRM LINE Report



The LINE Annual Review for 2014 is now available. The review looks at how LINE data correspond with other employment indicators and at broader economic trends and developments that occurred in the last 12 months.  


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CLICK HERE: SHRM LINE Report for February 2016

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The only national employment indicator that includes hiring expectations for the month ahead – released one month earlier than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Employment Situation Report covering the same period.

Month to month data on new-hire compensation changes.

The only published measure of recruiting difficulty of highly qualified candidates for the most critical positions.

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