Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sluggish Recovery In The US Economy And Employment

So I've been looking at the government figures of their latest unemployment report from last week. The government figures beat consensus by a fairly large number.

130,000 jobs expected to be lost, while figures came in at 11,000 lost. While this was much better then expected figures were a bit inflated. As Rob Carnell from ING states the following:

In our view, the only potential fly in the ointment of this labour report is how believable it is. Payrolls has been making very, very slow progress in recent months, and such a dramatic turnaround will raise eyebrows, and may not be taken at face value by many. An improvement in the payrolls series always looked on the cards from last month. But most of the labour market data in the run up to this release had been consistent only with a very small step forward, so we may need to see this backed up again next month before concern about the labour market can really be filed away as ‘last year’s worries’.

We are also slightly curious about the apparent surge in government jobs, which on revision have risen by more than 50K in the last two months. When state and local finances are in such a deep mess, even the Obama fiscal package is unlikely to have generated this rapid turnaround in the public sector. More believably, goods producing, construction and manufacturing jobs all saw continued large falls.

So I would tend to continue to be cautious to a continued pick up. I don't believe that with higher taxes, increased regulations, and health reform in the United States pipeline that the government is going to have some epiphany to creating mass jobs.

Temporary employment firms ran up on these numbers however a closer look still states that most businesses are still relatively concerned with where this economy is headed, and have remained very non committal to hiring more workers. With wage growth that continues to be depressed, there is no sign that companies will hire a dramatic number of workers if they can wring out increased productivity from their current staff which has been under utilized, with full production at only 75-80% of their overall capacity.

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