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US economy added 263K jobs in September of 2022 leaving the way another 75bp hike

Autor: Financial Market
Timp de citit: 2 minute

The US added 263k jobs in September with 11k of upward revisions to the past 2 months, above to the consensus 255k. The payrolls data shows solid gains in most areas with manufacturing rising 22k despite the ISM employment index moving into contraction territory.

Construction rose 19k while private service providing firms increased payrolls by 244k. Within services it was a little more mixed with retail (-1k), financial (-8k) and trade/transport (+3k) well down on recent months job gains while leisure and hospitality (+83k) and education/health (+90k) look strong.

Government is a drag once again, losing 25k jobs. This leaves total payrolls at 153.0mn, a new record high and half a million above the February 2020 pre-pandemic high.

Meanwhile, the household survey shows the unemployment rate dropped back to 3.5% from 3.7% thanks to the combination of rising employment (+204k) on this survey’s calculations and people leaving the workforce (-57k).

It was obviously the unemployment rate would fall given the big rise in the participation rate last month of 0.3pp to 62.4%. The 3.5% unemployment rate matches the low seen in July.

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The weakness in participation is primarily due to older (55+) workers not having returned to the workforce, which suggests early retirements or possible health worries remain a major factor behind the lack of workers to fill vacant job positions.

Inflation pressures remain strong so another 75bp is on its way
The report is on the stronger side of expectations overall, with payrolls growth more constrained by a lack of suitable workers to fill positions rather than any meaningful downturn in hiring intentions – there are still 4mn more vacancies that there are unemployed Americans to fill the positions.

This indicates that the Fed has more work to do to slow the economy in order to get inflation under control. In this regard note next week’s core CPI inflation rate (published 13 October) is expected to RISE to 6.5% from 6.3% next week.

Article based on a story from ING Bank as copyright owner