Positive NFP employment surprise.

Figure 1: Nonfarm Payroll (NFP) employment from CES (bold blue), civilian employment (orange), industrial production (red), personal income excluding current transfers in Ch.2017$ (bold green), manufacturing and trade sales in Ch.2017$ (black), consumption in Ch.2017$ (light blue), and monthly GDP in Ch.2017$ (pink), GDP (blue bars), all log normalized to 2021M11=0. Source: BLS via FRED, Federal Reserve, BEA 2024Q1 second release, S&P Global Market Insights (nee Macroeconomic Advisers, IHS Markit) (6/1/2024 release), and author’s calculations.

As noted in previous posts, put almost all weight on the CES series, in assessing business cycle fluctuations.

Here are various employment series:

Figure 2: NFP employment (blue), Philadelphia Fed early benchmark (tan), CPS series adjusted to NFP concept (green), Business Employment Dynamics implied employment based on 2019Q4 level of NFP (pink), and aggregate hours (red), all seasonally adjusted, in logs 2021M11=0. Source: BLS, via FRED, Philadelphia Fed, and author’s calculations.

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