U.S. Added Only 235k Nonfarm Jobs in August, Missing Forecasts by a Mile

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U.S. Added Only 235k Nonfarm Jobs in August, Missing Forecasts by a Mile
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By Geoffrey Smith 

Investing.com -- Job creation in the U.S. slowed sharply in August as the spread of Covid-19 across southern states and the big coastal cities increasingly acted as a brake on hiring. 

Nonfarm payrolls expanded by only 235,000 through the middle of last month, the Department of Labor said on Friday. That was far short of expectations for a gain of 750,000. 

The numbers all but rule out an early move by the Federal Reserve to start running down the bond purchases that have been the mainstay of its monetary support for the economy since the first wave of the pandemic.

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  • Ajay Uppal @Ajay Uppal
    By this bond purchase FED has shifted the problem from current to future, because after tapering the bond purchase, it has to sell those purchased bonds and take the money back.
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