BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT
Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager
Announced this morning, the economy added 225,000 jobs in January, more than expected. Both the construction and health care industries were strong, while manufacturing remains weak. The unemployment rate ticked higher by one tenth to 3.6% as people re-entered the workforce. Average Hourly Earnings increased 0.2% in January and have increased 3.1% on an annual basis, slightly higher than expected. Overall, a strong headline jobs number with wage growth increasing, but at a very moderate pace, suggesting little upward pressure on inflation. The Federal Reserve is likely to remain on hold with their accommodative policy. In all, bond yields and equities are both lower early in today’s trading.
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