Markit just started releasing preliminary results of its monthly Purchasing Managers Index survey of services-sector businesses, and the flash results of the December survey point to a slight acceleration in American services-sector expansion in December.

The flash December index reading rose to 56.0 from November's 55.9 reading. Numbers above 50 on the index indicate varying rates of expansion whereas numbers below 50 indicate varying degrees of contraction.

The employment sub-index jumped to 55.7 from November's 52.4 reading, indicating a strong acceleration in employment growth in December. In fact, Markit notes that this month saw the strongest rate of job creation in survey history.

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