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Instant Insight: Payrolls Fall Below 100k to 92k

By Kathy Lien
03 August 2007 12:46 GMT
The unemployment rate also ticked higher to 4.6 percent, the highest since September 2006.  Although the one bright spot was that the weak dollar helped to boost manufacturing sector payrolls, this should push the Fed to seriously consider what the market has already decided for them, which is to lower rates at the end of the year.  There were plenty of signs that payrolls were going to be weak including the drop in the ADP employment survey, the increase in layoffs and the sharp fall in job ads.  August will only be a tougher month given the tightening of credit and the blowup in the subprime sector.  There is never just one cockroach in the closet, so we expect more hedge funds and home lenders to report major losses which cannot be positive for the labor market going forward. Today's news should be negative for both the US dollar and the US stock market. 

Details of Report:

Change in Non-Farm Payrolls:           92kA   127k Forecast,  126k Previous (rev)
Unemployment Rate:                       4.6%A   4.5% Forecast,  4.5% Previous
Change in Manufacturing Payrolls:    -2kA  -15k Forecast,  -13k Previous (rev)
Average Hourly Earnings:               0.3%A    0.3% Forecast,  0.4% Previous (rev)
Average Weekly Hours:                  33.8A    33.9 Forecast,  33.9 Previous

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03 August 2007 12:46 GMT