Payrolls Plunge By 95K, Unemployment Rate 9.6%, Private Jobs Up 64K, U-6 Shoots Up To 17.1% From 16.7%
An interesting "Goldilocks" read, in which total jobs missed expectations of -5K wildly, yet Private jobs missed much more modestly by just 11K (and beat Goldman's expectation). The unemployment rate came in at 9.6% on expectations of 9.7%. The actual number of people unemployed was 14.767 million, a small decline from August' 14.860, and since the civilian labor force continues to refuse to increase at 154.1 million, the jobless rate is obviously flat. Government workers declined by 159,000, and census took out 77,000. And of course, prior data was revised adversely for both August and July. Yet the most notable number appears to be the U-6, which jumped to 17.1% from 16.7% in August. The reason futures are struggling on this report, is that it is not so bad to guarantee QE2, and is most certainly not "good."
And some of the key excerpts:
Among the marginally attached, there were 1.2 million discouraged workers in September, an increase of 503,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.3 million persons marginally attached to the labor force had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities.
On declining government workers:
Government employment fell by 159,000 in September. A decline in federal government employment was due to the loss of 77,000 temporary Census 2010 jobs. As of September, about 6,000 temporary decennial census workers remained on the federal government payroll, down from a peak of 564,000 in May. Employment in local government decreased by 76,000 in September with job losses in both education and noneducation.
On unchanged average hourly wages:
Average hourly earnings of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 1 cent to $22.67 in September. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 1.7 percent. In September, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 1 cent to $19.10.
On an unchanged workweek
In September, the average workweek for all employees was unchanged at 34.2 hours. The manufacturing workweek for all employees decreased by 0.1 hour to 40.1 hours, and factory overtime was unchanged at 3.0 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private non-farm payrolls was unchanged at 33.5 hours.