The pace of worker pay gains will again top the list of things Wall Street will be watching when the February jobs report is released early Friday. Construction businesses added 61,000 jobs, while factories boosted payrolls by 31,000. December's data was revised up to 175,000 jobs, up from the previous estimate of 160,000.
"This is a report that's going to strengthen the argument of some of the doves on the Fed, that people came back to the labor force last month - that's a positive sign for the USA economy", Alan Krueger, a Princeton University professor who served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama, said on Bloomberg Television. "We were able to create enough jobs to accommodate new seekers and keep the unemployment rate steady".
Gold prices were seeing some profit taking ahead of the report, and have pushed only slightly lower in initial reaction. The Dow tumbled 666 points when last month's jobs report landed.
Hourly wages gained 0.2 percent in the month, matching analyst expectations but putting compensation up 2.6 percent over the same month a year ago - ahead of consumer inflation of 2.1 percent.
In the meantime, economists are calculating how the Trump administration's decision Friday to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum might affect the job market.
New York Federal Reserve president William Dudley said that four rate increases would still constitute a "gradual" tightening.
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The latest economic report comes less than two weeks before the Federal Reserve meets on monetary policy.
"It is only a matter of time before we see more sustained increases in wages", she wrote. Economists predicted job growth in February to come in around 200,000, according to CNN.
The U.S. economy added 239,000 jobs in January. He explained that anecdotal evidence reports severe labor shortages through many industry and this will ultimately lead to high wages. All levels of government added 26,000 workers, also the best gain since July 2016.
The economy has expanded for 104 straight months, or almost nine years, the third-largest expansion on record, and hiring often declines as recessions fade further into the past. This article is strictly for informational purposes only.
Other fields, including hospitality and technology, were unchanged. Kitco Metals Inc. and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication. The participation rate increased to 63 percent, the highest since September, from 62.7 percent the prior month, the biggest monthly gain since 2010.