BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT
Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager
(615) 591-0611 email@example.com
Announced this morning, the economy added 164,000 jobs in April, lower than the 191k expected. The unemployment rate ticked two tenths lower to 3.9%, the first time it has been below 4% since the year 2000. Average Hourly Earnings increased just 0.1% for the month and increased 2.6% on an annual basis.
Overall, an adequate headline jobs number with a softness in Average Hourly Earnings. While wage growth remain elusive, the unemployment rate moving below 4% suggests a tight labor market in the future and possible upward wage pressure. The Federal Reserve likely remains on track for their planned interest rate increases in the months ahead.
Trade talks between the U.S. and China ended after two days, without resolution on some key issues. Both sides agreed to continue talking, although it is unclear how or when this will occur. As a result, the overhang of uncertainty over trade should continue to weigh on the markets. In all, equity futures are lower this morning heading into the market open.
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