• U.S. Economic Watch: February Job Growth Far Exceeds Expectations Despite Uncertainty Over Coronavirus

    Mar 6, 2020, 15:45 PM by Richard Barkham
    Strong employment growth occurred despite the late-January emergence of coronavirus in the U.S., which accelerated by late February and caused dramatic stock market volatility.
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  • Global Economic Outlook: Positives Still Outweigh the Negatives

    Feb 24, 2020, 13:46 PM by Richard Barkham
    Just as geopolitical headwinds eased in late January with a phase-one U.S./China trade deal and the U.K. formally leaving the European Union, worries about the Chinese coronavirus outbreak surged and the growing optimism on global growth dampened.
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  • U.S. Economic Watch: Hiring Accelerates, Well Exceeds Expectations

    Feb 11, 2020, 14:50 PM by Richard Barkham
    The U.S. added 225,000 jobs in January 2020, far surpassing the expectation of 158,000. November and December employment reports were revised upward by a combined 5,000 jobs, putting the three-month average at 211,000 per month. The unemployment rate edged up to 3.6% due to an increase in the labor force participation rate to 63.4%.
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  • June jobs report: Rebound from a weak May; Fed stays on course for rate cuts

    Jul 9, 2019, 09:05 AM by Richard Barkham
    The U.S. economy added 224,000 jobs in June, well up from May's 72,000. Unemployment and labor force participation each ticked up 10 bps—to 3.7% and 62.8%, respectively. The June report marks 104 consecutive months of U.S. job growth—the longest stretch ever.
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  • May jobs report: Weak performance increases odds of Fed cut

    Jun 7, 2019, 15:32 PM by Richard Barkham
    The U.S. economy added 75,000 jobs in May—far fewer than the expected 175,000. Unemployment was flat at 3.6%, as was labor force participation at 62.8%. The May report marks the longest ever stretch of U.S. job growth: 104 consecutive months.
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  • April jobs report: Job growth surges; lowest unemployment since 1969

    May 3, 2019, 15:57 PM by Richard Barkham
    The U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs in April—far above expectations for 190,000. Unemployment declined 20 bps to 3.6%, while labor force participation declined 20 bps to 62.8%. Average hourly earnings were flat, year over year, at 3.2%.
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  • February jobs report: Strong wage growth offsets low job creation

    Mar 8, 2019, 16:10 PM by Richard Barkham
    The U.S. economy added 20,000 jobs in February—far below expectations for 180,000. Unemployment declined 20 bps to 3.8%, while labor force participation remained at 63.2%. Average hourly earnings were up 3.4%, year over year—the strongest growth in 10 years.
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  • December jobs report: Strong jobs growth counters market volatility

    Jan 4, 2019, 15:40 PM by Richard Barkham
    The U.S. economy added 312,000 jobs in December—well above the consensus estimate of 176,000. Unemployment ticked up to 3.9%, while labor force participation increased by slightly to 63.1%. Positive but moderating jobs growth is expected in H1 2019...
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  • October jobs report: Strong report; higher wages are here

    Nov 4, 2018, 20:30 PM by Richard Barkham
    The U.S. economy added 250,000 jobs in October—well above the consensus estimate of 200,000. Unemployment remained unchanged at 3.7%—the lowest since 1969—while labor force participation increased by 20 basis points (bps) to 62.9%. Average hourly earnings rose by 5 cents in October and are up by 3.1% over the year. Despite recent stock market volatility and potential employment impacts from Hurricane Florence, the October jobs report showed solid gains across all sectors of the economy, and wage growth for the year is at post-financial crisis highs. The 10-year Treasury yield is up nearly 60 basis points (bps) for the year. The 10-year breakeven inflation rate—a measure of markets’ expectations for inflation 10 years from now—has remained consistently above 2%, the Federal Reserve’s stated goal for inflation...
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  • Strongest Q3 GDP Growth Since 2014

    Oct 26, 2018, 12:08 PM by Richard Barkham
    U.S. Gross Domestic Product grew at a better-than-expected annualized rate of 3.5% in Q3, slowing from Q2's 4.2%. The Q3 result is strong, but the deceleration from Q2 reflects a downturn in exports and nonresidential fixed investment. Growth was driven by a strong 4% gain in consumer spending—which comprises more than two-thirds of GDP—and an increase in government spending. Economic growth remains on track for its strongest performance since the global financial crisis...
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