Blue World Jobs Report Analysis 12-04-2015

Blue World Employment Situation Report Analysis

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Friday, December 04, 2015

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to: J. Yellen Wish you were here!

to: J. Yellen
Wish you were here!









Yellen says 100,000 would cover new entrants

We can’t figure out which medium sized Central American economy she’s talking about, but we think they’re gonna get a rate hike!

More later…

Mixed…again and that’s better.  There is a lot going on here including some really confusing comments from Fed Chief Yellen.  Let’s dig in.

The unemployment rate is steady again at 5%, and who cares.  We know why that is irrelevant. (If not, please review any number of prior posts from our archives)  The private sector added a net 197k with government payrolls contributing 14k to make the headline total of 211k.  The Participation Rate ticked up a tenth to 62.5.  That is still ridiculously low, but up is up.  For comparison it was 62.9 in November of 2014, also ridiculously low, but now a rate hike seems more likely than it was then.  Go figure.  The Labor Force grew, the number of unemployed grew, but the Not in Labor Force total has now fallen for two months in a row. Perhaps a hollow victory right now as the number is still 94.5M, and that is 2M higher than November of 2014, but hey, we have to start somewhere… A lot of Weird numbers to be sure, but we’ve gotten used to that.

One of the most notable figures coming out of this month, however, was the number of those at work part-time.  The BLS tracks three stats here.  Those at work part-time because they want to be, those who are part-time due to not enough work to do at their jobs, and those who want to be full time but can only find part-time work.  The latter two come under the heading of Part Time for Economic Reasons.  That number jumped by 319k in November.

Usually we’d talk about wages and hours at this point, both uninspiring, but everyone is most concerned with what the Fed will do.  We still have a lot of data to come before the meeting, and Blue World does not believe the data has or will support enough strength for a hike.  For a little more detail on that, have a look at the Blue World Economic Index™ for November 2015.  But if we are looking for anecdotal evidence of what they’ll do there is some available.  Last month on WBBM in Chicago Matt talked about the Chicago Fed President, a dove, said he didn’t believe it was time but he would not dissent at the next vote.  BUT the big one was from Janet Yellen herself, yesterday, when she said it takes fewer than 100k jobs to cover new entrants and anything above that cuts into the existing slack.  We are having difficulty deciding which statements are more absurd; the nation is at full employment with a sub-63% Participation Rate, and 94.5M Americans not in the labor force or that the United States Economy adds fewer than 100k eligible workers per month!!  Sounds like a Fed that is bound and determined to raise rates in spite of the data!  Prior to now Blue World has said we believe there is well below a 50% chance for a hike.  Based on Ms. Yellen’s comments and several other anecdotal points, we now believe we are better than 50% likely for one…and we’re not ready.

Thanks for reading and, please, stay tuned…

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