The employment picture started off 2023 on a stunningly strong note, with nonfarm payrolls posting their strongest gain since July 2022.
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 517,000 for January, above the Dow Jones estimate of 187,000. The unemployment rate fell to 3.4% vs. the estimate of 3.6%. That is the lowest jobless level since May 1969.
Markets slumped following the report, with futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average down about 200 points.
Growth across a multitude of sectors helped propel the massive beat against the estimate.
Leisure and hospitality added 128,000 jobs to lead all sectors. Other significant gainers were professional and business services (82,000), government (74,000), and health care (58,000).
Wages also posted solid gains for the month. Average hourly earnings increased 0.3%, in line with the estimate, and 4.4% from a year ago, 0.1 percentage points higher than expectations.
The surge in job creation comes despite the Federal Reserve’s effort to slow the economy and bring down inflation from its highest level since the early 1980s. The Fed has raised its benchmark interest rate eight times since March 2022.
(Jeff Cox CNBC)
The S&P staged another impressive rally closing higher at 4179.76 after testing resistance at 4203.04. The volume came in at 3,367,070,720, and the up volume was only 71%. RSI moved to a five-month higher in support of the rally closing at 69.14. So far this morning, the S&P 500 is set to open lower by 1.25% with a suggested open of 4141.50.
Potential support is now at 4100.96, and we feel that level will be tested in the next few days due to the index and internals being overbought.
We are currently Intermediate-term bearish and short-term bullish.
John N. Lilly III CPFA
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJFS
Windsor Wealth Planners & Strategist
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