NonFarm Payrolls

January US Jobs report

US jobs report post-release checklist – February 2nd, 2018

NFP Actual, Consensus and Deviation Positive200k versus 180k expected, but with little surprise (deviation was 0.41).
NFP Revisions PositiveRevised upwards from 148k to 160k.
Unemployment Rate NeutralSame reading as previous month at 4.1%
Labor Force Participation Rate NegativeStays at 62.7% equal to last month but sightly disappoints versus the expectations at 62.8%. 
Average Hourly Earnings Positive2.09% versus 2.6% expected and prior 2.5% is a positive number (1.24 deviation)

US jobs report pre-release checklist – February 2nd, 2018

Previous Non-Farm Payrolls NegativeEmployment growth at 148k new jobs added in December, worse than the 190k expected.
Challenger Job CutsNegativeCuts Jump 38 Percent, a bad omen for the job situation and hence for future NFP releases. 
Initial Jobless Claims PositiveThere was a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level.
Continuing Jobless Claims NegativeAn increase to 1.953M means a large number of people are losing their jobs and applying for unemployment compensation.
ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI PositiveThe Employment Index increased 1 percentage point in Dec to 56.3 percent from the Nov reading of 55.3%.
ISM Manufacturing PMI Negative
ISM's Employment Index registered 54.2% in Jan, a decrease of 3.9 percentage points when compared to the Dec reading of 58.1%.
University of Michigan Consumer Confidence Index NegativeThe Index shows a small decrease from 95.9 in Dec to 94.4 in Jan, also current economic conditions have been evaluated less favorably.
Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index NegativeThe Index increased in January, following a decline in December, 125.4 up from 123.1.
ADP Employment Report PositivePrivate Sector Employment Increased by 234,000 Jobs in January.
JOLTS Job Openings NeutralThe number of job openings was little changed at 5.9 million on the last business day of November.

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Considered the backbone of the U.S. economy, the NFP has an history of rocking global markets, especially the FX market via the U.S. Dollar. Other signs of economic growth are often viewed with a little suspicion by market participants if employment figures are not at a healthy level.

Since the headline number for NFP tends to move all financial markets, as a trader it is important that you prepare for various scenarios, by developing models to predict the likely headline number and to trade the outcome.

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The Nonfarm Payrolls report: The most important economic indicator for the US

NFP Definition

NonFarm Payrolls report measures the number of jobs added or lost in the US economy over the last month. It is released usually on the first Friday of each month, at 8:30 EST. It is published by the US Department of Labor.

This report is important because the US is the largest economy in the world and its currency (US Dollar) is the global reserve currency. The many economies peg (tie) their currency's value to the reserve currency, many commodities such as gold and oil are priced in terms of the reserve currency and the local economy's debt is priced in terms of its own currency.

This report, because of its importance to the reserve currency, tends to move all markets: currencies, equities, treasuries, interest rates, and commodities. It does so immediately after the release of the economic data and sometimes dramatically.

US Departament of Labor

The mission of the DOL is to assure the prosperity of the wage earners, job seekers which includes more than 10 million employers and 125 million workers in the USA. 180 federal laws and several federal regulations are the key of the Departament Labor promotion of benefits and rights.

The department is led by the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez, the highest ranking official of the institution. On March 18, 2013, Perez was nominated by President Barack Obama and took office on July 23 2013 when he was confirmed by the Senate.

To Trade...

Those who advocate trading NFP releases base their advice on a previous preparation and some fundamental research. The elaboration of some macroeconomical analysis is essential for successful trading.

This research includes averages of past headline NFP numbers, Weekly Jobless Claims, ISM Industry Data reports or other employment reports as the ADP or the Challenger. Tracking these events is fundamental on the preparation of the trades to set up just after the release. You can check all this data on FXStreet Economic Calendar: ADP Report, Initial Jobless Claims, ISM Industry Data.

... Or Not to Trade

A lot more skeptical on the benefits of trading the event, as you can read in his article “Step aside the NonFarm Payrolls release”, Adrián Aquaro, President at Trader College, says its importance has decreased a little bit lately:

“Even if the impact has diminished gradually over time, still generates huge attention on the markets and it normally drives important monthly trends. Lately another event (the Fed Monetary Policy Meetings) has been driving similar attention, thanks mainly to the Interest Rates being at 0%.”

What is a NonFarm Payrolls Forecast?

A NonFarm Payrolls Forecast is some sentiment-based piece of content that tries to predict what the NFP numbers will be and what impact will they have on the markets. In this page, you'll find some articles and tools that will help you to understand which could be the outlook for ADP Report, Unemployment Rate, Average Hourly Earnings, Labor Force Participation Rate and some other important economic indicators.

The ADP (National Employment Report) is an estimation of nonfarm employment which is based on a survey of thousands of private sector businesses. One of the biggest differences between NFP data and ADP data is the sample and methodology of the study. ADP Jobs Report could show us an anticipation of the NFP's trends. Some outlooks are mainly based on the Jobs Report, in past data and in other related job indicators like Initial/Continuing Jobless Claims.

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