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United States Wages (ann. var. %)

Job gains exceed expectations again in January

Total non-farm payrolls grew by 517,000 in January, up from 260,000 in December. Markets were expecting a gain of 185,000. The gains in employment were particularly robust in leisure and hospitality, health care and professional and business services. Employment growth was observed in both the private and government sectors. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell to 3.4% from 3.5% in December, the lowest level since 1969.

The tight labor market increases the likelihood of further Federal Reserve rate hikes ahead, as TD Economics’ Thomas Feltmate commented:

“While investors had previously discounted the Fed pushing rates above 5%, today’s employment numbers definitely tilt the scales in favor of more rates past March, as it is clear the labor market is still running at a pace that is far too hot.”

United States Wages (ann. var. %) Data

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Wages (ann. var. %) 2.5 3.0 3.3 4.9 4.2

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