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There are two schools of thought around today. One holds that the latest US unemployment report will give a crucial insight into the state of America’s economic recovery.
After all, June’s Non-Farm Payroll is expected to show record-breaking job creation – perhaps as many as three million, pulling the jobless rate down from 13.3% to 12.3%.
That would show that firms are getting back to work, heralding a rapid recovery from the Covid-19 recession.
As Stephen Innes of AxiCorp puts it:
I do not think we can overemphasize the importance of Thursday’s NFP bridging the disconnect between improving cyclical data (i.e., PMIs) and a lackluster medium-to-long-term economic prognosis as persistently negative yields would lead one to believe.
A better-than-expected outcome could go some way to settling the near-term debate that the US labor market will heal relatively quickly and justify new highs in US equities.
But there’s another view — that the worrying spike in coronavirus cases across America in recent days means June’s NFP could already be dated. Overnight, 50,000 new cases were reported on Wednesday, a new record high.
More than half of new U.S. cases each day are in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, forcing those states to shutter some non-essential businesses again, undermining the economic recovery in a bid to safe lives.
California governor Gavin Newsom ordered bars to close and banned indoor dining in many parts of the state, saying:
The bottom line is the spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning,”
Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz, fears some parts of the US economy are going into reverse:
Either way, June’s Non-Farm Payroll will probably be the biggest story in the markets today. It normally comes on a Friday, but has been brought forwards because Friday is a US holiday (for the 4th July celebrations).
Potentially confusingly, we also get the latest weekly US unemployment figures today – they’re expected to show that another 1.3m people signed on for jobless support last week.
- 8am BST: Spanish unemployment report for June
- 9am BST: Italian unemployment report for May
- 1.30pm BST: US Non-Farm Payroll for June
- 1.30pm BST: US initial jobless claims