September 7, 2010 Leave a comment
Today is Labour Day in the US and in Canada which means very little work will be done anywhere.
Going back to Friday, the stripped out version of the non-farm payrolls figure produced much stronger numbers than had been anticipated. The market now feels that removing the seasonally volatile short-term Government hirings gives a much more relevant picture of the employment situation. Accordingly, August private payrolls were reported to have grown by 67,000 (against the consensus figure of 40,000) whilst the July number was revised up from the previously reported -131,000 to -54,000. Economists quickly concluded that, although the US economy continues to face problems ahead, and that the unemployment rate will likely remain stubbornly high, Friday’s employment report is an important step in the right direction, and should weaken the case for additional quantitative easing on the part of Federal Reserve. Read more of this post