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US Non-Farm Payroll Report Oct 17

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The Oct 17 US Non-Farm Payroll figures were released moment ago and let us now examine it for any insights.

Jobs went down in a surprise reduction of 33k.

Unemployment rate went down to a 16 year low of 4.2%.

The past two months figures were :

Sep 17 : 169k | 4.4%
Oct 17 : -33k | 4.2%

Considering that the dip in jobs is likely due to the hurricanes, impact to the US dollar is probably minimal.

Bloomberg reports ”

The hurricanes had a “net effect” of reducing nonfarm payrolls in September, while there was “no discernible effect” on the national unemployment rate, the Labor Department said in a special note Friday. Data-collection rates “generally were within normal ranges” for both surveys that produce the figures.

Restaurants and bars — an industry where most workers only get paid if they show up to work — had a 105,000 drop in payrolls, according to a statement from Bureau of Labor Statistics acting commissioner William Wiatrowski.
The numbers reflect Harvey’s impact on Texas in late August, and Irma’s fallout in Florida in September. Data on the labor market and the rest of the economy may be volatile for several months as the weather effects wash out and rebuilding picks up. Puerto Rico, which was hit by Hurricane Maria last month, isn’t included in payrolls. ”

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