MarketWatch (01/05/12) Goldstein, Steve
The Institute for Supply Management’s services index rose in December to a reading of 52.6% from November’s 52.0%, showing growth for the 25th straight month. Of key subcomponents, employment increased from 48.9% to 49.4%. Eleven industries, including retail trade and finance, reported growth, while seven, including health care and real estate, reported contraction. The service sector employs about 90% of all workers.