Did the Fed Slow the Economy? - Real Time Insight

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Let's admit it folks.  May taper talk and the backup in the 10-year
U.S. Treasury interest 
rate could be hitting U.S. jobs numbers.  A six to eight month lag
is typical for monetary 
policy effects to show up.   
Or should we take the story of the weather as the best answer?  
This morn, we learned about another weak-ish non-farm jobs number. 
Total nonfarm 
payroll employment increased by +113,000 in January. In 2013, U.S.
employment 
growth averaged +194,000 per month. The unemployment rate was
little changed at 
6.6%.  
In January, job gains occurred in:  
Construction +48K (-22k in Dec),  Professional/Business Svcs.  +36K
(+55K 2013 avg.) Leisure/Hospitality +24K (+38K 2013 avg.)
Manufacturing +21K (+7K 2013 avg.) Wholesale Trade, +14K Mining +7K
(+2K 2013 avg.) 
Health Care 0 (+17K 2013 avg.)
Transport/warehousing 0
Information 0
Financial Activities 0  
Retail -13K 
Federal Jobs -12K  
The lack of job adds in services like Health Care, Information,
Retail, and Financial 
Activities is concerning.  The only bounce back we can see was in
Construction jobs 
from December to January.  
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for November was
revised from +241K 
to +274K. The change for December was revised from +74K to +75K.  
Let's do the arithmetic: NOV + DEC + JAN = 274 + 75 + 113 = 462  
462 / 3 = 154   
The average of last year was +194K.  We are shy +40K jobs a month
now.  That's a 
-20% loss from the +200K a month spot the U.S. economy needs to be
in to call it 
healthy.  
My RTI Question:  Did the Fed Slow the U.S.
Economy?


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