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Another Meaningless Non Farms Payroll Report
Posted By Barry Ritholtz On February 7, 2014 @ 8:15 am In Employment,Wages & Income | Comments Disabled
Regular readers may recall that I’m not a big fan of this Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation data series, as it is unusually noisy and subject to further revisions and modeling adjustments. (See Ignore Today’s — and Most — Jobs Reports). As we discussed not too long ago, the Employment Situation report is “the single most over-hyped, over-analyzed, over-emphasized, least-understood economic release known to mankind.” It is also one of the “least useful economic data points” at least as far as investors are concerned.
Today’s report for January looks to have an inordinate number of asterisks:
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