All Posts Tagged: labor market

U.S. Outlook: A warning from the jobs report

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

The May U.S. jobs report gave us a taste of what’s ahead if trade war threats continue to escalate and tariffs continue to grow. Hiring faded across the board in May with just 75,000 net new jobs created in the U.S. last month. The U.S. economy also created 75,000 fewer jobs in March and April than previously reported.

This is not just a one-off hiccup in the data, but part of a broader more prolonged pattern of labor market softening.

For more on this, see highlights of my report below, followed by a link to the full U.S. Outlook, delivered on June 7.

Key observations:
  • Disappointing U.S. jobs data suggest consumer spending slowdown in the months ahead.
  • We are now expecting the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates in Sept after disappointing jobs growth in May.
  • The Fed funds futures market is currently pricing in a high probability (77%) of a rate cut at the July FOMC meeting but this bet appears pretty aggressive given what we know today.
  • At this point, policymakers should tread carefully. De-escalating the trade war with Mexico and a Fed rate cut are going to be needed to keep the U.S. expansion going.

Read my full report.

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U.S. Outlook: Mixed signals and caution

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

What are the near-term prospects for the U.S. economy? Is the glass half-full or half-empty? It’s a tough call.
Right now both answers probably are correct.

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California Economic Outlook – April 2019

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
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Our California Economic Outlook compares regions across the state. How did your region of the state shape-up in Q1 and what’s the forecast for the future?

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U.S. Outlook: U.S. job gains fall far short joining global slowdown

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
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February’s lackluster jobs data add to a growing chorus of weak economic indicators. Does this point to a deterioration in global economic activity in Q1? Read Scott Anderson’s analysis in the U.S. Outlook.

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U.S. Outlook: Why recent GDP growth doesn’t look sustainable

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Two signs in store window for sales - 50% and 70% - with reflection of shoppers faintly visible.

Perhaps the most convincing reason to be skeptical about continued growth at recent rates is the fact that business participation in the expansion is declining.

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