The outstanding labour market performance in the US has triggered widespread speculation of a Fed rate hike as early as September. Nonetheless, most new jobs are part-time, while the hourly wage increase lags well behind its pre-crisis pace.
US jobs report
The latest jobs data from the US is the worst for six years: 38,000 jobs created in May compared to the 160,000 expected. The market slumped on the news of the bad figures, but Yellen played them down. She said “too much attention” should not be paid to one jobs report and that she was still in favour of raising rates.
MADRID | The Corner | Latest published polls in Scotland, in which the rejection of independence is not at 53%, could reassure investors who fear political instability in the rest of Europe. Today will be scarce in macro data. Only wait for August final inflation data in Germany and France, and weekly U.S. jobs data. European stocks will look into Wall Street, which will be setting the pace.
MADRID | The Corner |“Yabadabadu!,” US economist Justin Wolfers exclaimed on his Twitter account. The strong jobs report (unemployment rate declined to near a six-year low of 6.1% and non-farm payrolls rose by 288,000 last month)was released on Thursday gave a shot of optimism over the strength of the job market’s recovery. The Dow broke 17,000 for the first time. Will all this have any influence on the Fed’s tapering plans?