April 10, 2018
The job numbers for March give us another indication of where our economy is headed in the short-term. The headline numbers showed 103,000 jobs added and an unemployment rate of 4.1%. While the number of jobs added was disappointing, the report followed a very high number of jobs added for the previous month which was not revised downward. In addition, each month we look at wage growth to see whether inflation is starting to rear its ugly head. March saw wage inflation in line with expectations — a good sign.
The markets are also watching for movements in the labor participation rate, as this measure tells us where there is potential for growth in employment. Even though the headline numbers say that we are at full employment, there are millions who are available to come back into the workforce. When there is more demand for workers, those who are not participating are more likely to become employed, thus raising the labor participation rate. In March, the labor participation rate fell slightly from a five month high and thus there continues to be room for improvement within this indication.
Considering that the markets have turned much more volatile since the first of the year, what do these numbers tell us? To answer that question, we must understand why the markets seem to be uneasy. It is very easy to blame rising interest rates and certainly the movement of rates is a factor. But we must also remember that the markets have had quite a run and there is always a concern as to when the markets might lose some energy. In reality, there are several factors at work and the jobs numbers only serve to put one other factor into the pot which is being stirred enthusiastically this year.
Source: Origination Pro
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