US jobs report: markets volatile as payroll misses forecasts - live updates

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  1. Lily

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    Aug 29, 2015
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    Fewer jobs were created than expected in America last month, more people quit the labor force, and wage growth was disappointing

    6.45pm BST

    Here’s our updated report on the US jobs data, by Jana Kasperkevic in New York and Phillip Inman:

    A slump in world trade and a slowdown in China took their toll on the US economy last month as surveys revealed that firms delayed hiring and factory orders contracted.

    US businesses created only 142,000 jobs in September, according to official figures, about 64,000 fewer than expected by analysts. The report by the US Labor department also found that employers kept average pay rises at zero and thousands of workers quit the labour market, taking the participation rate back to levels last seen in the 1970s.

    5.54pm BST

    I think the market response to the jobs report is: Weak report makes 2015 hike less likely, but on further inspection, firming trend remains

    10-year yield rebounding faster than the 2-year yield.

    5.31pm BST

    And with the jobs data pushing back the estimates of when the US Federal Reserve may raise interest rates, here’s the effect on currencies:

    FX update: #EURUSD 1.1257 +0.55% #GBPUSD 1.5209 +0.51% #USDJPY 119.65 -0.23% #AUDUSD 0.7027 -0.06% #EURGBP 0.7402 +0.05%

    5.18pm BST

    It was a rollercoaster day for investors, with early market gains wiped out after the worse than expected US non-farm payroll numbers, but an attempted recovery by the time European markets closed.

    Traders said that, after the initial jobs report suggested the US economy was much weaker than feared, there was a revival of sorts on the basis that the Federal Reserve was now unlikely to raise interest rates this year. The final scores showed:

    4.47pm BST

    Markets have recovered some of the immediate losses after the US jobs data:

    Some of the post-NFP moves are fading slightly, with US stocks recovering, #EURUSD fading back below 1.13 and #USDJPY back up to 119.30 ^MW

    4.45pm BST

    Good news for Spain. Standard & Poor’s has raised the country’s sovereign credit rating from BBB to BBB+ with a stable outlook.

    It said it now projected Spain’s nominal GDP to grow at about 4% over the next few years and said a broad based economic recovery and budgetary consolidation should balance the risks from its large net external debt.

    4.27pm BST

    Over to the Greek situation for a moment, and ahead of a Eurogroup meeting on Monday, junior ministers have been working on the list of bailout measures Greece must take in return for its next loan payment:

    #Eurogroup Working Group: #Greece asked to complete 48 milestones by mid-October in order to comply with bailout conditions ~BBG

    3.42pm BST

    Markets would benefit from the Fed getting a rate rise out of the way, says Julian Jessop at Capital Economics:

    The disappointing US jobs report for September will clearly do little to improve investor confidence in the global economy. Yes, it will probably delay the first interest rate hike from the Fed until early next year. However, our view remains that the prices of equities, other emerging market assets and industrial commodities would benefit more from the lifting of uncertainty once lift-off does finally take place. In the meantime, the few winners include safe-haven bonds – and gold.

    3.25pm BST

    On Wall Street the Dow Jones Industrial Average is off its lows but still down more than 1% on the day so far.

    3.05pm BST

    It never rains, it pours... I can't find any silver lining in this US data

    #US factory orders -1.7% on month in Aug. #US economic picture has been hammered this afternoon. #Fed Dec hike probability down to 28% (bbg)

    3.02pm BST

    And those US factory orders have also disappointed.

    New orders fell 1.7% in August, compared to expectations of a 1.3% decline. July’s rise of 0.4% has also been revised downwards to an increase of 0.2%.

    2.57pm BST

    More disappointing economic news from the US.

    Business activity in New York contracted for the first time in eight months in September, with the Institute for Supply Management’s index falling from 51.1 in August to 44.5.

    NY ISM, joins Empire Fed, Philly Fed, Richmond, etccc Do you really want to see Factory Orders in 15 mins?

    2.45pm BST

    A weak US economy - as evidenced by the weak job numbers - will also hit emerging market exporters. Sanjiv Shah at emerging markets specialist Sun Global Investments said:

    The weaker than expected NFP data today suggests that the US Economy, which is the largest export market for many EM countries, is slowing down much more than was previously expected.

    These numbers probably rule out a Fed interest rate increase for the rest of 2015 and, indeed, we worry that the Fed’s decision not to raise interest rates earlier this month was a missed opportunity.

    2.43pm BST

    If a rate rise in October is pretty much off the table, some analysts do believe a move higher in December is still possible. Dr Harm Bandholz, chief US economist at UniCredit Research said:

    Today’s employment report has most likely removed even the last small chance for a rate hike as early as this month.

    But we continue to expect the first move at the mid-December meeting. Various Federal Reserve Open Market Committee members have over the past couple of weeks verbally teed up for a rate hike this year. The latest being Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, who said in a TV interview this morning (admittedly before the employment report) that “raising rates in 2015 is a ‘reasonable forecast’”. What makes his statement so important is that he is one of the more dovish FOMC members.

    2.38pm BST

    If you’re just tuning in, here’s Jana Kasperkevic’s early take on the disappointing Jobs Report

    Related: US economy adds only 142,000 jobs, raising doubts about interest rate rise

    2.33pm BST

    Wall Street has opened sharply lower after the much weaker than expected US jobs figures, which have cast new doubts on the strength of the US economy.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is currently down 214 points or 1.3% while the S&P 500 has fallen 1%. Nasdaq has fallen 1.2%.

    2.29pm BST

    An early contender for sarcastic tweet of the day:

    See, now if we had raised rates a week ago we could be cutting them today

    2.22pm BST

    The Federal Reserve simply cannot raise interest rates this month, says Marvin Loh of Bank of New York Mellon:

    While recent Fed speakers have put on a brave face in saying that October is a live meeting, we don’t see how that is possible after this repot and the likely volatility that it will generate.

    The debt ceiling is also in play, and it will now influence both the October and December FOMC meetings. We maintain our March, 2016 first hike view.

    2.22pm BST

    The non-farm payroll report could be the worst since the one which preceeded the second round of US quantitative easing, says Christopher Vecchio, currency analyst at DailyFX:

    It might be time to put a pin in hopes for the Federal Reserve to raise rates in 2015. With the US labor market having been the sole pillar of fundamental strength supporting the US dollar over the last year, the strongest talking point for a rate hike just took a significant hit. The September US labor market report was disappointing all around, arguably the worst report in recent memory – the worst perhaps since the May 2012 report that paved the way for QE2.

    The US economy endured the second consecutive month of jobs growth below 200,000, all but erasing the potential for a Fed rate hike this year. Earlier this week, there was over a 42% chance of a rate hike in December, per the Fed funds futures contracts. After the report today, that probability dipped to 30% (and falling).

    2.18pm BST

    It’s always important not to over-react to one single data release, but Paul Ashworth, chief US economist at Capital Economics, is making an exception this time.

    The chances of a rate hike by the Fed this year just went way down.

    Accordingly, we wouldn’t be surprised if the economy had a stronger fourth quarter. But that isn’t going to show up in the published data for another few months, which means the Fed won’t be raising rates until early 2016.

    2.09pm BST

    Even the most bearish (realistic?) of the 104 economists in @ReutersPolls wasn't bearish enough on payrolls. EAA predicted 154k.

    2.07pm BST

    Something is heading higher after the jobs data - precious metals.

    #Gold spikes on US jobs data.

    #Silver relief....

    2.05pm BST

    Today’s jobs report has created a lot of angst in the financial world; the FT’s Katie Martin is rounding it up:

    BBH: "Simply dreadful US jobs report"

    DB Ruskin: "too early to bury Dec tightening hopes completely. Nonetheless, 2 weak reports starts to show lost growth momentum"

    1.57pm BST

    Dennis de Jong, managing director at, says the Fed would still like to raise borrowing costs.

    However today’s data, and the state of the global economy, doesn’t justify it.

    “The US economy seems fairly resilient but, with employment data particularly disappointing for a second month running, enthusiasm for a rate hike in the short term will surely be tempered.

    “The Federal Reserve don’t want to sit on their hands for too much longer, yet with significant global issues continuing to affect the US economy, now would not be the wisest time to press the button.

    1.55pm BST

    Market expectations on chances of a December #Fed rate hike just tanked. It was 42% an hour ago, now 30%

    1.54pm BST

    This is a “uniformly dreadful” report, says Rob Carnell of ING, with just 142,000 new jobs being created across the American economy.

    He agrees that it will prevent the Fed raising rates this month, and possibly not until 2016.

    The other disappointment in the data was from hourly wages growth, which only needed to show a 0.2% month-on-month increase to take its annualized growth rate into new territory. But instead, it was unchanged, and the annual rate remains stuck at 2.2% YoY. Not enough to get the Fed doves vote for a hike, at least not yet......

    For once, these labour market numbers gave an unambiguous result. The problem is that it was unambiguously negative. No rate hike this month then it seems. But it raises doubts too about the probability of a December hike, unless the Fed changes the basis upon which it decided policy rates.

    1.49pm BST

    A US rate rise must be off the agenda until next year after 0% pay growth in non-farm payroll figures @BusinessDesk @guardian

    1.49pm BST

    More on when the US may raise rates, in the wake of these latest jobs figures:

    #Fed futures pricing in the following probabilities: Oct 10% (16% pre NFP) Dec 30% (45% pre NFP) Jan 37% (52% pre NFP) Mar 50% (66% pre NFP)

    1.46pm BST

    The full non-farms report can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

    1.45pm BST

    Economists are united -- this is a grim jobs report, showing the US economy is in worse shape than hoped.

    It also vindicates the Federal Reserve’s decision to not raise interest rates last month.

    And wow, wages: Average hourly earnings actually fell a penny last month. We've hit 5.1% unemployment, and there's no sign of wage growth.

    "I told you so." --Janet Yellen over her morning coffee. #NFP

    Payrolls in a word: ouch.

    For now, bad news = bad news. S&P futures take a dive.

    Bad news officially no longer good news, judging by FTSE reaction to disappointing US jobs data. Many just want hike over and done with.

    1.45pm BST

    And here’s the unemployment rate:

    1.43pm BST

    Here are the changes in non-farm payrolls since September 2013:

    1.40pm BST

    And so much for a rate rise this year:

    JUST IN: Fed funds futures now pricing first rate in March 2016 after weak jobs data »

    1.37pm BST

    More gloom - the US labor force participation rate has fallen to just 62.4%, down from 62.6 in August.

    That’s the lowest since the mid-1970s, showing that more Americans are simply dropping out of the labor market.

    stunning: factor in whatever and just stunning here is labor partic back to 1977

    1.37pm BST

    The wage data is bad too -- average hourly earnings were unchanged month-on-month.

    Economists had expected that wages grew 0.2% last month.

    1.35pm BST

    US bond yields are also on the way down:

    There she goes. US 10-year yield back below 2% #NFP

    1.34pm BST

    The much weaker than expected US jobs data has sent the dollar falling, on the basis that a US interest rate rise this year - already in some doubt - was now less likely.

    Against the pound, the US currency has fallen from $1.5162 before the data to $1.5200.

    1.34pm BST

    The US unemployment rate is unchanged at 5.1%, dashing hopes that it might have dipped again to 5%.

    1.31pm BST

    Here we go!

    Just 142,000 new jobs were created in America last month. That is a big miss - much way less than the 201,000 that economists had expected.

    1.29pm BST

    You can almost taste the tension, even though today’s NFP report is a little less exciting than usual.


    1.24pm BST

    Heads up: September US NFPs due in <10-mins: +201K expected from +173K. Note: past 5 years, August has had avg revision higher of +79K.

    Also due out: September US Unemployment Rate due at 5.1% unch, and wages due up +0.2% m/m and +2.4% y/y.

    1.15pm BST

    There are five key things to watch out for when the Jobs Report lands in 15 minutes time.

    1) Was September a good month for job creation? The consensus is that 201,000 new jobs were created last month. That’s close to this year’s average of 218,000. Anything north of that would be a good sign.

    12.48pm BST

    Alan Krueger, Professor of Economics at Princeton University, is concerned that the benefits of the US jobs recovery aren’t being shared fairly.

    Krueger, who used to chair Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, told Bloomberg TV’s Tom Keene that:

    We’re continuing to see polarisation of the work force. Job growth at the bottom and the top, but not so much in the middle.

    What we need in the near term is a stronger economy overall to help lift wagers. In the longer term we need more of a rebalance in favour of workers.

    12.37pm BST

    A month ago, there was genuine excitement ahead of the Non-Farm Payroll because there was a good chance that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates at September’s meeting (they didn’t).

    Today’s report does not have the same drama, as the Fed isn’t likely to hike before December. But still, it will show how America’s labour market is faring this autumn.

    12.26pm BST

    Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal reckons a decisively strong US unemployment report would be welcomed by investors, even if it means interest rates are likely to rise in December.

    What would be the best NFP result for stocks? I think strong across the board would be the most bullish. A number that screams December.

    Basically, a number that eliminates economic and Fed confusion in one fell swoop.

    12.25pm BST

    Investors are ending the week in positive mood as they anticipate the final data release of the week, the US jobs report.

    In London the FTSE 100 is up 100 points, or 1.7%, at 6172 points. Banking shares are still rallying, after the Financial Conduct Authority proposed a deadline for PPI compensation claims.

    That was fast. No sooner does the City watchdog suggest the end of PPI payouts than I get two calls in one morning. Ugh.

    At the moment it seems that fears over global growth are outweighing concerns about a US rate-hike.

    A jobs number that beats expectations and gives the Fed ammunition to signal its confidence in the US and even global economy by hiking interest rates this year, may well trigger a rally in equities.

    “The implications of an upbeat outcome for the US Dollar seem relatively straight-forward. If traders walk away from the jobs report thinking a Fed rate hike seems more likely than previously, the currency will probably strengthen.

    Such a result may likewise help calm global slowdown fears and boost risk appetite, which ought to translate into outsized losses for funding currencies like the Euro and the Japanese Yen.

    12.14pm BST

    Paypal is warning that foreign direct investment into Ireland is in danger if rents continue to soar in Dublin.

    “It’s crisis time for us and for bringing in foreign direct investment overall,”

    11.53am BST

    Here’s Katie Allen on today’s blowout UK building data:

    Related: Housebuilding drives UK construction sector growth in September

    11.52am BST

    Meanwhile in Greece, anti-terror police say they have unearthed detailed plans of kidnappings of prominent figures in what many fear may well be the next stage of the country’s economic crisis.

    Notebook found at terror cache had list of abduction targets

    11.27am BST

    Over in Portugal, they’re gearing up for a general election. And, despite the country’s deep austerity programme, the current government could well squeak back into power.

    Our own Angelique Chrisafis reports:

    Portugal could make history by becoming the first eurozone bailout country to re-elect a government that imposed harsh and unpopular austerity measures when it votes this weekend.

    Final polls suggest the centre-right ruling coalition is on course to win Sunday’s general election after a close-run campaign, although it appears likely to lose its absolute parliamentary majority.

    Related: Portugal predicted to vote pro-austerity coalition back in

    11.05am BST

    Shinichiro Kadota, FX strategist at Barclays in Tokyo, believes today’s Non-Farm Payroll report would need to be remarkably good, or bad, to shake the Federal Reserve.

    Kadota said (via Reuters)

    “Fed chair Janet Yellen has already mentioned that labour conditions are improving and hinted that developments overseas, notably in China, and prices were chief concerns.

    “A very bullish report would of course have a big impact. But the Fed may not make its rates decision on employment data alone.”

    US NFP's for SEP out at 10;30PM AEST with market expectations at +201k after +173K in AUG. #NFPguesses +206k.

    10.29am BST

    Concerns that Europe is heading back into deflation have been heightened by new data, showing that prices charged by eurozone producers fell in August:

    Euro area producer prices -0.8% in Aug 15 over July 15, -2.6% over Aug 14 #Eurostat

    10.16am BST

    Here’s our take on the latest developments in the emissions scandal, including reports that BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz are all being investigated by US officials:

    Related: VW scandal: French authorities launch deception inquiry

    10.08am BST

    Another front has opened up in the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, with French prosecutors probing the carmaker for potential “aggravated deception”.

    Reuters has the story:

    The Paris Prosecutor has opened an inquiry into suspected “aggravated deception” by Volkswagen, an official from the Prosecutor’s office told Reuters on Friday.

    The move adds to the legal burden the German carmaker faces after U.S. investigators found that it had rigged vehicle pollution emissions tests.

    Paris prosecutor's office opens inquiry into VW for suspected aggravated deception, Reuters and L'Express report

    9.44am BST

    Britain’s construction sector grew at its fastest pace in seven months in September, driven by housebuilding.

    Markit’s construction PMI, which measures activity across the sector, jumped to 59.9 from 57.3 in August (any reading over 50 shows growth).

    House building remained the best performing broad category of construction activity in September.

    The latest expansion of residential building was the strongest for 12 months which some survey respondents attributed to the launch of development projects that had been delayed earlier in 2015.

    9.37am BST

    Apple’s latest smartphone has helped drive sales up 6.9% at John Lewis, a handy barometer of UK consumer confidence.

    New iPhones help John Lewis ring up sales rise, strong week at dept store bodes well for September UK retail sales

    9.36am BST

    A third Glencore director has given the mining and commodities company a vote of confidence, by buying more shares.

    William Macaulay spent more than £1.5m buying 1.7 million shares in Glencore at 90p yesterday, as the shares rebounded from their record plunge on Monday.

    9.23am BST

    With the tourist season over, the Spanish unemployment total is rising again.

    9.18am BST

    Reminder of a typical NFP day - boring, boring, boring, boring, eye twitches, GREAT TERROR, REVERSAL, boring, boring, pub, pub, pub, pub

    8.47am BST

    Here’s confirmation that some traders are losing their enthusiasm for the Non-Farm Payroll circus:

    Fantastic jobs number, upward revisions to August won't matter cos the Fed is never hiking #NFPGuesses

    8.43am BST

    Shares in Experian have fallen by 4.5% this morning after the consumer credit monitoring firm announced it had been hacked.

    The data breach risks exposing personal data of 15 million T-Mobile consumers, including names, addresses, and social security, driver’s license and passport numbers.

    Related: Experian hack exposes 15 million people's personal information

    8.39am BST

    The end may finally be in sight for Britain’s long-running payments protection insurance saga.

    The City regulator has announced plans to force consumers to file compensation claims by the spring of 2018, if they believe they were wrongly sold insurance on financial product.

    The regulator had faced pressure from the industry to set a deadline for customers making claims for the insurance sold alongside loans as the bill has already reached more than £25bn in compensation and administration costs.

    Over £20bn redress has been paid to over 10 million consumers so far, the FCA said.

    Related: PPI claims could face 2018 deadline under FCA plans

    8.31am BST

    European stock markets have jumped over 1% in early trading, ahead of the US jobs report this afternoon:

    This number risks either scaring investors off with fears that the US economy is plateauing, or will reaffirm the view that the Federal Reserve needs to hike rates soon to prevent overheating – if there is a Goldilocks zone here, it’s likely to be rather narrow.

    8.23am BST

    Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.

    There’s a running joke in financial circles that every US jobs report is the most important ever. That might be a slight exaggeration this month, but today’s Non-Farm Payroll report still has the power to shift the markets

    The market expects the US to have created 201,000 non-farm jobs in September, up from a poor 173,000 in August. #NFPGuesses

    The single most influential issue that should jump out immediately is that forecasters are expecting wages to grow 2.4% (range 2% to 2.5%). This would effectively be the strongest pace of wage growth since late 2009 and should increase the implied probability of a December hike closer, if not above 50%.

    #Eurogroup Working Group meeting today in Brussels to specify timetable of prior actions and tranches for #Greece.

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