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New data out Friday morning shows how the US labor market looked in February.
The US added 311,000 jobs in February, greater than the estimate.
The unemployment rate ticked up from 3.4% to 3.6%.
The labor market continues to be hot in 2023, as the US saw another massive jump in jobs in February.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payrolls rose 311,000, exceeding the 205,000 gain forecasted by economists surveyed by Bloomberg. They expected payroll growth in February to fall from January’s massive initial reading last month of 517,000.
January’s reading was revised to 504,000 jobs added. December’s reading was revised from a gain of 260,000 to an increase of 239,000.
The unemployment rate grew from 3.4% to 3.6%. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg forecasted that this rate would stay at 3.4%, the lowest rate since 1969.
Before Friday’s data release, Aaron Terrazas, chief economist at Glassdoor, told Insider earlier this week that “January was such a surprisingly strong report, and I think many economists were happy to dismiss that as a statistical anomaly. If we get a second strong report, that really has to change a lot of narratives out there about what is going on in the labor market and the economy.”
“At this point, it is very much a case where too much good news is bad news,” Terrazas told Insider on Wednesday after the release of Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) that included layoffs data for January. Wednesday’s JOLTS report showed the rate of layoffs and discharges did slightly increase, from 1.0% in December to 1.1% in January. However, the rate was still historically low in January even if it may seem like there are massive job cuts happening.
With a job growth forecast of about 200,000 in February, Terrazas said before the latest figures that “if we get north of” 230,000 or 250,000 jobs added then that will “make markets pretty nervous about what the implications are for interest rates.”
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