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Latest U.S. job data indicates that job growth accelerated by 199,000

The latest U.S. job data indicates that job growth accelerated in November 2023, with seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls increasing by 199,000. 

The unemployment rate has dropped to 3.7%, even as more workers entered the labour market. This points to underlying strength in the labour market and is a positive sign for the U.S. economy. 

U.S. job creation chart January 2022 – November 2023

U.S. job creation chart January 2022 – November 2023

Stocks had risen as investors awaited these latest employment figures, which are closely watched as an indicator of potential moves by the central bank on interest rates.

Mixed reaction

Markets showed a mixed reaction to the report, with stock market futures modestly negative while Treasury yields surged. Job creation showed little signs of slowing as payrolls grew even faster than expected and the unemployment rate fell despite signs of a weakening economy.

Good news for the U.S. economy but Treasury yields are on the up again.

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