NonFarm Payrolls

Non-Farm Payrolls

NFP Quick Analysis: Greenback comeback set to extend, still the cleanest shirt in a dirty pile

The world's largest economy gained 128,000 jobs in October, better than 89,000 projected. Low estimated is the result of the strike at General Motors, which caused a significant drop in manufacturing jobs. The best news come from the revisions – October's gains come on top of 95,000 job gains previously unaccounted for in the previous two months. The US labor market is alive and kicking.

US Non-Farm Payrolls: Surprising strength in employment

US economy added 128,000 jobs in October, beating the 89,000 forecast. Positive revisions to August and September totaled 95,000. General Motors strike subtracted between 46,000 and 80,000 from payrolls. The US economy has turned in another bang-up employment report. Belying estimates of the first sub-100,000 report since May and rumours of a negative number US firms added 128,000 workers in October.

US jobs report post-release checklist – Nov 1st, 2019

NFP Actual, Consensus and Deviation PositiveHeadline number at 128k, better than 89k expected.
NFP Revisions PositivePositive revision for the September figure, 180k instead of 136k.
Unemployment rateNegativeBoth U3 (from 3.5% to 3.6%) and U6 (from 6.9% to 7%) figures went up.
Labor Force Participation Rate PositiveRose a bit, from 63.2% to 63.3%.
Average Hourly Earnings PositiveThe YoY number remained stable at 3% and the MoM from 0% to 0.2%. 


US jobs report pre-release checklist – Nov 1st, 2019

Previous Non-Farm PayrollsNegativeHeadline number at 136k disappointed, showing a smaller increase than expected (145k).
Challenger Job CutsNegativeThe number of corporate layoffs went up in October, as it printed 50.275K job cuts (41.557K in September). This indicator has been ranging on the 35K-55K for the last five months.
Initial Jobless Claims NeutralThe number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance is showing minimal variations, stuck between 200K and 220K for the last eleven weeks.
Continuing Jobless Claims NeutralThe amount of people receiving unemployment benefits is stuck between 1.65M and 1.7M, very close to all-time lows.
ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI NegativeEmployment Index in the very-important US services survey came out at 50.4 in September, a much smaller figure than the 53.1 level seen in August.
ISM Manufacturing PMI NegativeEmployment sub-component in the ISM Manufacturing PMI disappointed for the second month in a row, printing a modest 46.3, way into contraction territory.
University of Michigan Consumer Confidence Index NeutralUMich consumer survey regained the 95 mark in October, but it is still below the highs around the 100 level. 
Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index NegativeCB consumer survey showed a small retracement from 126.3 to 125.9, also failing to match the expectations, which were forecasting a surge to the 128 mark.
ADP Employment Report NeutralThe US private employment report slightly beat estimates with a 125K job addition in October, but September figure was revised down to 93K. It's still a slowdown.
JOLTS Job Openings NegativeJob openings fell below expectations in August, printing 7.051 million labor vacancies, the fourth consecutive month with a fall in the number.



Nonfarm Payrolls preview: leading indicators hint weak employment data

The US will release October inflation data this Friday, and signs ahead of it are not good. The Nonfarm Payroll report is expected to show that the country has added 85K new jobs in the month, below the previous 136K. The unemployment rate is seen ticking higher from 3.5% to 3.6%, while average hourly earnings are seen up by 0.3% monthly basis and by 3.o% when compared to a year earlier.

US Non-Farm Payrolls Preview: The trend remains the same

Non-farm payrolls are projected to add 85,000 in October after September’s 136,000 gain. The unemployment rate is expected to rise 0.1% to 3.6%. Average hourly earnings will climb 0.3% on the month and 3.0% on the year after no monthly gain in September and a 2.9% annual increase. The labor force participation rate will remain at 63.2%. Average weekly hours will be unchanged at 34.4%.


Non–Farm Payrolls: If this is a slowdown we’ll take it

The US economy continued to produce jobs at a healthy rate as unemployment fell to a five decade low and wage growth slowed unexpectedly. Unemployment dropped 0.2% to 3.5% as the economy created 136,000 new jobs in September and added 45,000 in prior months, reported the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. Annual wages rose 2.9% and the jobless rates for Hispanics and African-Americans registered all-time lows. Consensus estimates had been for payrolls of 145,000.


NFP Quick Analysis: Americans get a big raise – USD may follow

America gets an upbeat pay rise – 0.4% on average – better than expected – and significantly above-average increase. On an annual basis, salaries are up 3.2%, also beating projections. Additional disposable income in Americans' pockets may result in further spending in price pressures. An acceleration in wage inflation may push prices higher.

US: Nonfarm payrolls increased by 130K in July vs. 158K expected

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday reported that Nonfarm Payrolls in August increased by 130,000 following July's reading of 159,000 (revised from 164,000) and came in weaker than the market expectation of 158,000. With the initial reaction, the US Dollar Index edged lower and was last down 0.02% on the day at 98.35.

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The NFP 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.

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

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.