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Jobs. The Winners And The Losers

It’s time for what is arguably the world’s most influential monthly economic update.  The US economy generated 280,000 new jobs in May, as the world’s largest economy continues to shake off a sluggish first quarter.

The unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.5%. We’ll be rounding up our best charts, as well as the best ones we see from around the web in the lead-up and aftermath of the 8:30 a.m. data release.

Now let's take a look at the winners and losers.  Notice the 253,000 people who previously had no job and were not looking.........that's a big shift if you ask me.  One to the bullish side.  They're up off of Mommy's couch (finally).

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A look by sector breaks it down.

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A big gainer?…

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TGIF Reads

  • This day in 1896: The Dow Jones Industrial Average is first published. Its 12 initial members are the great industrial giants of the time: American Cotton Oil, American Sugar, American Tobacco, Chicago Gas, Distilling & Cattle Feeding, General Electric, Laclede Gas, National Lead, North American, Tennessee Coal & Iron, U.S. Leather, and U.S. Rubber. The index’s value that day: 40.94.  Source: Phyllis S. Pierce, ed., The Dow Jones Averages 1885-1980 (DowJones Irwin, Homewood, IL, 1982), introduction, not paginated; http://averages.dowjones.com and JasonZweig

  • Very odd the move in treasury yields today on the better than expected NFP number.  Maybe "smart money" is telling us the economy is not as strong…

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Low Wage Job Creation Persists

Digging deeper into today's better-than-expected non-farm payroll, one sees (again) that low-wage job creation comprises the majority of the gains.  Once again it seems the middle class is being left out leaving only the lower and upper class job creation.  When compMW-CB687_LOWjob_20140502090754_MG.jpg?uuid=d03f471a-d1fa-11e3-9a39-00212803fad6&width=280aring "this" recovery to those of the past, I would believe one would have to locate one where the largest population is left out of the recovery.  Can the "rich" alone sustain expansion and growth?  Obviously these low wage workers will not be moving out of their parents home any time soon.  Certainly higher education would assist in their move up the ladder however what does that bode for the already explosive rate of education loans (and those in default).  The Fed has become one large hedge fund, propping up the…

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