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Unemployment and Earnings Declined in February but Employment Dived

Starts Friday, April 5, 2019 at 12:30
Updated Friday, April 5, 2019
The US unemployment rate has been declining steadily during the last few years. Although in December last year and in January this year it increased to 4.0%. But, last month we saw a 2-point decline to 3.8% beating expectations of 3.9%. Earnings also beat estimates and grew by 0.4% in February. But, non-farm employment change only grew by 20k, a long way from 185k expected, although it came from two strong months previously when jobs grew by more than 300k each month. Let's see if that was just a one odd month. Please follow us for live coverage of the US unemployment report by experienced analysts. 

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About Unemployment Rate (US)
The U.S. Unemployment Rate is calculated and released by the U.S. Department of Labor. It is a statistic that measures the ongoing levels of unemployed individuals in the domestic workforce. Unemployment rates are derived by dividing the number of unemployed workers by the entire non-military labor pool. It is intended to measure the percentage of people willing to work and actively seeking jobs.As a general rule, high unemployment rates are found in recessionary economic cycles while low rates are common in periods of growth. Monetary policy decisions take into account the Unemployment Rate as a leading metric of economic performance. Low unemployment leads to inflation and a tightening of monetary policy, while higher rates are seen as a precursor to prolonged deflation.Traders look upon the release of U.S. Unemployment as an important metric facing the U.S. economy. Abnormal levels are viewed as being likely catalysts for policy change, with U.S. indices and USD being highly sensitive to its release.

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