NonFarm Payrolls


US jobs report post-release checklist – April 5th, 2018

NFP Actual, Consensus and Deviation PositiveUpbeat with 196k jobs added vs 180k expected
NFP Revisions PositiveFebruary slightly revised to the upside from 20k to 33k, still very modest
Unemployment Rate PositiveStable at 3.8%.
Labor Force Participation Rate Positive63.0% is better than 62.9% forecasted, although less than in Feb (63.2%).
Average Hourly Earnings NegativeBad turnaround in both monthly (0.1% below 0.3% exp.) and yearly (3.2% below 3.4% exp.) figures.



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US jobs report pre-release checklist – April 5th, 2019

Previous Non-Farm Payrolls Negative A miss in NFP in a long run of strong job figures.
Challenger Job Cuts Positive The number of announced corporate layoffs decreased.
Initial Jobless Claims Positive First-time claims for state unemployment insurance decreases further.
Continuing Jobless Claims Positive Unemployed currently receiving unemployment benefits decreases.
ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI Positive ISM’s employment sub-component increased 0.7% from the Feb reading of 55.2%.
ISM Manufacturing PMI Positive
ISM’s employment sub-component increased 5.2% when compared to the Feb reading of 52.3%.
University of Michigan Consumer Confidence Index Positive Steadily increasing since the January bottom.
Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index Negative Declined in March, after increasing in February.
ADP Employment Report Negative A much lower print than expected, a bad omen for the NFP.
JOLTS Job Openings Positive New highs indicates companies posted more job openings.



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Considered the backbone of the U.S. economy, the NFP has an history of rocking global markets, e specially 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 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.

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