Economists expected last month’s non-farm payroll declines to be in the range of 125,000. However, non-farm payrolls fell just by 11,000. U.S. unemployment rate declined from 10.2% to 10%. Employment fell in construction, manufacturing and information, while temporary help services and health care added jobs.
Job market is in recovery mode. The good news is that it is still in recovery mode. It’s not getting any worse. Antulio Bomfim, a former Fed economist, said “We expect the jobless rate to start falling very gradually in the first half of 2010”. Carl Riccadonna, senior U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank, said “We’ve still got a long way to go, but the good news in this report provides important positive momentum.” Positive momentum… that’s what we need now! This report is cheering up the market today. This enthusiasm may last for a while until another Dubai screws up with their finances.
Related Link: Wall Street Journal