Nonfarm Payrolls Continue to Fall

Includes: DIA, SPY
by: The Fundamental Analyst


June non-farm payrolls fell -467,000 after a revised loss of -322,000 in May. Expectations were for losses of approximately -365,000. The breakdown of the report is as follows:

  • Goods-producing -223k
  • Construction -79k
  • Manufacturing -136k
  • Service-providing -244k
  • Retail trade-21k
  • Professional and business services -118k
  • Education and health services +34k
  • Leisure and hospitality -18k
  • Government -52k

The surging unemployment rate slowed somewhat in June rising 0.1% to 9.5%. Why did the unemployment rate only rise 0.1%? Remember that the unemployment rate is measured from the household survey whilst the NFP number comes from the establishment survey. The household survey showed an increase in unemployment of 218,000.

US unemployment rate Jun09

Again the birth/death adjustment continues to amaze by adding a net 185,000 jobs in June. However that is a not seasonally adjusted number so you can’t just subtract it from the nfp number which is a seasonally adjusted number to get an ex-b/d number.


Looking at alternative measures of unemployment, U-6 which includes all marginally attached workers, rose to 16.5% in June.

U6 Jun09

Markets reacted badly to the news but considering that initial jobless claims remain over 600,000 job losses of just under -500k shouldn’t be surprising. The perma-bull crowd will have to look elsewhere for some green shoots today.