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Weekly Economic Update: November 7-11, 2016

on Nov 10, 2016 in Announcements: Financial Planning, General Parrott Insurance News

NEW DATA SHOWS BRIGHTER JOBS PICTURE
Unemployment fell to 4.9% in October as firms added 161,000 net new workers, but that was just one positive from the Department of Labor’s latest summary of the U.S. employment situation. Year-over-year wage growth reached 2.8%, the best number seen since June 2009, as average hourly pay rose ten cents last month. The U-6 rate (underemployment + unemployment) fell 0.2% to 9.5%. In addition, hiring totals across August and September were revised higher by 44,000.1

CONSUMER SPENDING ROSE IN SEPTEMBER
The ninth month of 2016 saw gains of 0.5% in personal spending and 0.3% in personal incomes, the Commerce Department reported last week. Adjusted for inflation, consumer spending advanced 0.3% for September, as opposed to retreating 0.2% in August.2

MORE EXPANSION AMONG SERVICE & FACTORY FIRMS
The Institute for Supply Management’s twin barometers of the U.S. manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors were both comfortably above the 50-mark showing growth in October. ISM’s factory purchasing managers index came in at 51.9, up 0.4 points; its service sector PMI declined 2.3 points to 54.8.3

STOCKS PULL BACK
The Federal Reserve left interest rates alone last week, just as many analysts predicted – but investors were more concerned with the upcoming presidential election and earnings, and those anxieties certainly impeded the bulls. Across five days, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.50% to 17,888.28; the S&P 500, 1.94% to 2,085.18; and the Nasdaq Composite, 2.77% to 5,046.37.1,4

Citations.
1 – tinyurl.com/hmn5mnb [11/4/16]
2 – reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-idUSKBN12V1BM [10/31/16]
3 – instituteforsupplymanagement.org/ISMReport/NonMfgROB.cfm [11/3/16]
4 – markets.wsj.com/us [11/4/16]

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