Deutsche Bank, Jefferies expect Friday’s job data to come in way above consensus estimate

According to a number of Wall Street firms, the upcoming Friday nonfarm payrolls report for February is expected to yield a job gain that is higher than the consensus estimate. Deutsche Bank’s economists predict that the job gain for February is likely to be around 300,000, significantly higher than the consensus estimate of 215,000. The economists attribute this significant increase to a number of factors including the mild weather reportedly experienced during the month.

Jefferies economists Aneta Markowska and Thomas Simons forecast a similar scenario with a gain of 290,000 jobs in February. A higher than anticipated increase in job gains could lead to market repricing which will be similar to that seen after the January nonfarm payroll report.

All three major U.S. stock indexes were higher on Monday morning, a day prior to the start of Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell’s, semiannual testimony to Congress. Treasury yields, on the other hand, were mixed.

Many investors and economic commentators are optimistic that the US economy is about to experience one of the best years in 2021, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent decrease in unemployment claims, coupled with an increase in job gains, is one indication of this overall positivity.

The nonfarm payrolls report is a vital measure of the United States’ employment picture. Analysts use this report to gauge the country’s economic strength, as it indicates if businesses are adding or cutting jobs. These jobs can be industrial, commercial, or in the service sector. In general, a high payroll figure is positive for the economy, while a low payroll figure may have a negative impact.

Even though the pandemic continues to be a significant drag on the economy, the job market has started to see growth. The economy lost 20.8 million jobs as a result of the pandemic between March and April 2020, and since then, the US has added back more than half of those jobs, approximately 12 million.

As per the data released last Thursday by the Labor Department, the prior week’s jobless claims had fallen to their lowest level since November. Around 710,000 people filed for state unemployment benefits in the week ending 6 March, which is 47,000 fewer than the previous week’s adjusted number of 757,000. This decrease indicates that economic activity is beginning to pick up.

Despite the strong job recovery, jobless rates have been slow to fall. According to the latest figures released by the Labor Department, the unemployment rate remains much higher than before the pandemic, and millions of people are still out of work. The US government is expected to pass a stimulus package worth $1.9 trillion, which is aimed at boosting the economy and alleviating the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

Economic analysts are predicting that the increased job gains reported in January and February will continue, which could potentially lead to an economic boom. Brian Deese, who currently serves as the Director of the National Economic Council, noted that “We see a very strong potential for the U.S. economy to have one of the best years in decades in 2021.”

Sam Stovall, the Chief Market Strategist at the investment advisory firm CFRA, stated that the momentum in the labor market is ‘important’ and called it a sign that the economic recovery is ‘continuing apace.’ He noted that “It’s just another step on the road to better times.”

In conclusion, it is expected that Friday’s nonfarm payrolls report for February will positively impact the US economy, as job gains are expected to be higher than previously predicted. The mild weather during February is one of the main factors contributing to the increase in job gains. Despite the slow decrease in unemployment rates, the US economy is poised to experience significant gains in the coming months, and analysts are optimistic about the future.


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