JOLTS October Net Turnovers Surge To 260K, Highest Since February

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Back in September, courtesy of an unprecedented discrepancy between the JOLTS "net turnovers" (or hires less separations) print, which traditionally has been the equivalent of the NFP's establishment survey monthly job additions, we highlighted just what happens when the BLS has caught itself in a estimation lie, and is forced to adjusted the data set both concurrently and retroactively to correct for cumulative error.

We suggested that as a result of this public humiliation, the BLS would have no choice but to ramp up its monthly net turnovers print in order to "catch up" to what the monthly payrolls survey indicated is America's "improving" jobs picture.

Sure enough, when moments ago the latest October JOLTS survey was released, the October "net turnovers" number soared from 155K in September to a whopping 260K in October, more than eclipsing the revised NFP print of 200K job gains in October, and leading to the second highest JOLTS turnover print since February's 271K, and before that - going back all the way to the 287K in February of 2012. And yes, this was in the month when the government had shut down and the result was supposedly major, if temporary, job losses.

Today's number also means that the YTD monthly average job gain based on either the payroll data or the JOLTS survey has declined to just 24K (160K for JOLTS, 184K for NFP), the lowest average difference in 2013.

Finally, this is how the difference between the two time series on a monthly snapshost basis looks:

Why is any of this important? Because to Janet Yellen, the JOLTS survey has traditionally been an important secondary metric for the jobs market, and judging by the huge jump in implied job gains, if indeed the Fed was in a tapering mood, the December FOMC meeting looks increasingly like the day when a Taper may be announced. Of course, that ignores how a very illiquid market would react, and is perhaps the reason why December's final, massive double POMO is on the day just after the FOMC announcement.


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Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:33 | 4232504 Occident Mortal
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It's all about the yield curve now. Not jobs.


How steep does it need to be?!?


It's getting steeper as it pivots around the 10yr. It's time to let go.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:38 | 4232526 RSloane
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Thanks for posting that, OM. Very interesting visualization. I don't think it was ever about 'jobs'. That was just a selling point.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:53 | 4232581 BandGap
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Wow, just wow.  It is going to snap, all of a sudden.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 12:06 | 4232628 Occident Mortal
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This little site has a great animation of what they have been doing...


Drag the trail length slider to the right, and you can see how the Fed has gripped the bond market since 2008.


Time to let go, it's pulling hard (steepening). They had a similar exit opportunity in 2011 but the Eurozone crisis prevented it.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 12:37 | 4232730 tarsubil
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Is there any way you can lose by shorting short term treasuries? Would they go to negative nomimal yields?

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 12:46 | 4232759 Occident Mortal
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They did in Germany in the depths of the Eurozone crisis. But not for long.


If you're going to pay someone to borrow money from you, they will probably take every penny you have. I know I would.


Negative yield isn't really the problem for that trade, the problem is financing the open short through more years of ZIRP.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 12:55 | 4232804 tarsubil
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Someone rich will get richer.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 14:34 | 4233154 CheapBastard
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The near-zero rates have been boosting house sales...but now that rates are rising and people are also tapped out  [as well as wage stagnantion] the housing market is barely crawling along even in so-called, "hot markets."

As rates tick up, the economy will slow further...however, the silver lining is seniors/retirees can begin to breath again as their savings yield rises above 0.01%

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:34 | 4232516 orangedrinkandchips
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Obamacare! (simple as that).


(Cue Symphony of Destruction......

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:38 | 4232528 madbraz
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Double POMO and FOMC announcement on the eve of quadruple options expiration - what a coincidence, once again!

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:43 | 4232529 q99x2
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Move in with an FBI goon squad and haul the FEDs asses into prison for later prosecution as war criminals, financila terrorists and child molestors. They don't get to decide anything in my mind ever again. I'm done with them. Mayswell chuck the BLS in there with them. And Feinstein, Blankfein, Dimon and now you got me goin throw the M'Fn Washington D.C. globalists in there with them too. Fuch it lets be done with them all at once.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 12:48 | 4232757 highwaytoserfdom
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selling yellen is really smelling.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:41 | 4232541 Stoploss
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If they taper, then the unemployment number reverses. That means the FED is not following their mandate to maintain employment, and will be forced to resume monetization.

Which makes this nothing but another time consuming excercise, because the only thing left to manipulate is time...

All the way up until they can't.


Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:40 | 4232543 SheepDog-One
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So taking the average of this chart going back a decade, it really shows nothing at all, may as well just be a straight flatline.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:57 | 4232597 666
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I'd like to JOLT Mr. Yellen with my cattle prod.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 12:23 | 4232671 W74
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That would probably put her body into stimulus mode.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 12:15 | 4232653 papaswamp
Tue, 12/10/2013 - 13:25 | 4232945 Sweet Pea
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wait, I thought the shutdown was THIS year?


Time flies. I must be having fun.

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