Modest Job Growth in a Sluggish Economy is all We can Muster
There is not enough demand to support more than the modest job growth seen in September and October. And therefore, look for more of the same late this year and into the winter. While it may be enough to barely escape recession, the gain in jobs and incomes is not enough to offset consumer pessimism. The economy is simply not strong enough to deliver more than 125,000 jobs a month and continues to struggle to deliver even that much. There is no help on the way from monetary or fiscal policy, at the federal, state, or local level. It all adds up to a labor market struggle, continuing right through the upcoming holiday season and into winter.
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