NFP Beats

NFP increased by 1.76 million in July, beating estimates of 1.48 million. Futures popped on the news, almost turning green before deciding it was a non-factor – perhaps as Trump had already spilled the beans earlier in the week. Or, perhaps it was due to most of the job gains coming in food service and retail – categories which are susceptible to large downturns if slowdowns and shutdowns continue to make a comeback.

The unemployment rate dropped from 11.1% in June to 10.2% in July, while U6 dropped to 16.5% – still a stunningly large number of unemployed Americans whose benefits have plunged in the past week.

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