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Job Market Indicators

Jul 08 2023

Job Market Deja Vu

  • Jul 8, 2023

With leading economic measures still trending down, optimists who advocated against fighting the Fed during the free-money era have ditched their own advice. Their focus is now on lagging indicators, like the employment numbers—but that last bastion of strength seems ready to buckle.

Mar 07 2023

The Late-2022 Recession That Wasn’t

  • Mar 7, 2023

Our Treasury Secretary (and former Fed Chair) has described the JOLT survey (Job Openings and Labor Turnover) as her favorite labor market indicator. We don’t know why: It’s a good survey, but similar figures become available about two months in advance of JOLT.

Jul 08 2021

Hard Facts Behind An Easy Job Market

  • Jul 8, 2021

Statistically, when jobs are “easy to get”—as all the survey evidence now indicates—attractive long-term returns for stocks typically become “hard to get.”