May 2018 US Non-farm payrolls and labour market report 01 June 2018

  • Prior 164k. revised to 159k
  • Private payrolls 218k vs 183k exp. Prior 168k. Revised to 162k
  • Manufacturing payrolls 18k vs 20k exp. Prior 24k. Revised to 25k
  • Government payrolls 5k vs -4k prior. Revised to -3k
  • Unemployment rate 3.8% vs 3.9% exp. Prior 3.9%
  • Average hourly earnings 2.7% vs 2.7% exp y/y. Prior 2.6%
  • 0.3% vs 0.2% exp m/m. Prior 0.1%
  • Average hours 34.5 vs 34.5 exp/prior
  • Participation rate 62.7% vs 62.8% prior
  • U6 underemployment 7.6% vs 7.8% prior

This is one of those reports that calms nerves rather than raises expectations. As mentioned in the preview, look for some positivity from recent players questioning the Fed’s path. It’s a good report but not boat rocking.

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Ryan Littlestone

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