Job Numbers Crush Expectations After Warnings of Recession
The stock markets might be a little skittish, but you canâ€™t blame employment for that.
According to the Associated Press, â€śitâ€™s a figure that is considered low by historical standards.â€ť
But prior to that announcement, in the wake of a 362-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average on November 1, two of the network newscasts â€“ â€śCBS Evening Newsâ€ť and â€śNBC Nightly Newsâ€ť focused on â€śgrim economic stats,â€ť threat of recession and stressed the importance of the unreleased jobs number.
â€ś[O]n top of that, there are rising concerns about the
CBS correspondent Anthony Mason even warned if lower than expected jobs numbers were reported, we would really see how bad the housing woes impacted the
â€ś[I]tâ€™s a very nervous market, and it could move sharply again tomorrow, Katie, when unemployment numbers come out, and weâ€™ll get a sense of whether theyâ€™re infecting â€“whether housing is infecting the rest of the economy,â€ť Mason said on the November 1 â€śCBS Evening News.â€ť
But, as it turned out â€“ the job numbers doubled predictions.
â€ś[W]hat we are expecting to see there is 80,000 new jobs created, which by the way is not enough new jobs, but thatâ€™s what weâ€™re expecting,â€ť said CNN Business Reporter Ali Velshi said November 2 â€śAmerican Morningâ€ť before the numbers were released. â€śWeâ€™re expecting the unemployment rate to stay at 4.7 [percent].â€ť
So with the sound job numbers, does that means the fears of a recession resulting from housing troubles and energy prices are lessened? An initial report from Wall Street suggested as much.
â€ś[E]verybodyâ€™s talking about the jobs report,â€ť CNBC Business Reporter Bob Pisani said from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on CNBCâ€™s â€śSquawk on the Streetâ€ť November 2. â€śLook, they got what they wanted. Twice the [job number] estimates here. The recession fears fading a little bit.â€ť