Productivity: Worst Since 1947

The first quarter decline in non-farm productivity was the largest since 1947. The chart below from shows the 7.5% plunge, contrasted with an 11.6% increase in unit labor costs. If the country had locked down during this time, you might be able to make an argument that a recession isn’t necessarily coming. But, this slowdown came courtesy of a 2.4% output decrease. In other words, it’s another reason to believe a recession is here and a soft landing ain’t in the cards.

Futures have been all over the map overnight, but are currently hanging on to the channel bottom from May 20. Note that we finally got that 10/20 cross and are nearing a backtest of the 50-day moving average – just in time to set up a nice trap.

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