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Short Note on US Employment Report

The US jobs data is notoriously difficult to accurately forecast consistently. I do not claim to do so now. My intent is more modest. It is simply to point out why I there is risk that the jobs data is disappointing, especially after the stronger than expected ADP estimate.

U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls, March 2017

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U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls, March 2017

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The same forces that weighed on March auto sales may have slowed net job growth; namely the weather and reversion to mean. The US non-farm payrolls rose more in January and February than in Q4 16 (473k to 443k). Better weather may have inflated February’s results, and March’s storm warns of payback.

U.S. Unemployment Rate, March 2017

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U.S. Unemployment Rate, March 2017

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This is not a mono-causal argument. Weekly initial jobless claims also moved higher. The PMIs and I‎SMs showed softness in labor indicators. ADP stands as an exception, and it’s curve fitting tendency may be picking up the echo of past job strength, and underestimating the impact of weather. There is also risk that this spills over and impacts hours worked. A 0.3% rise in hourly earnings is necessary to keep the year-over-year rate steady at 2.8%, which is anticipated.

U.S. Average Hourly Earnings, March 2017

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U.S. Average Hourly Earnings, March 2017

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A disappointing report means little in the grand scheme of things. Growth appears to have slowed as the consumer pulled back after a shopping spree in Q4 16. However, the Fed hiked last month, and it’s future course has little to do with March jobs report.‎ Practically no one expects a May hike. The CME’s model suggest about 6.3% chance is discounted, and for good reason. Whatever gradual normalization means, it does not mean hikes at back-to-back meetings. Nevertheless, disappointment would likely weigh on the dollar.

U.S. Participation Rate, March 2017

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U.S. Participation Rate, March 2017

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Graphs by the snbchf team.

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Marc Chandler
He has been covering the global capital markets in one fashion or another for more than 30 years, working at economic consulting firms and global investment banks. After 14 years as the global head of currency strategy for Brown Brothers Harriman, Chandler joined Bannockburn Global Forex, as a managing partner and chief markets strategist as of October 1, 2018.
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