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Friday, March 24, 2023


Powell Perplexed: Initial Jobless Claims Plunge To 9-Month Lows

Following last week’s unexpected plunge in initial and continuing claims – despite numerous layoff announcements – analysts expected a small rebound this week but they were wrong as the number of American filing for unemployment benefits for the first time tumbled to 186k (205k exp). Unadjusted claims crashed back to earth…

Source: Bloomberg

That is the lowest level for initial claims since April 2022.

While initial claims continued to slide, continuing claims rebounded (for the second week in a row) the prior week to 1.675mm…

Source: Bloomberg

This is not the picture that Powell is hoping for given the unprecedented tightening of monetary policy he has unleashed over the last year. There is nothing in this data that warrants a ‘pause’ by The Fed.

Interestingly, however, the aggregate composite number of Americans claiming benefits is rising…

Source: Bloomberg

This looks a lot more like reality we would expected after 100bps of bps of rate-hikes.

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