Economics

Drive-By Jobs Report – Growing signs of a tight labor market and wage pressure

As investors eagerly await tomorrow’s jobs report, I’ve been busy going through quarterly earnings reports and conference calls to form my macro opinion — independent of government data. While my review is far from complete, as it relates to the job market, I’m again observing growing signs of a tight labor market and wage pressure. Regardless of the jobs report tomorrow, my opinion of the labor market will remain dependent on what businesses are reporting, not the government.

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Manufacturing Jobs
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In addition to reviewing the operating results of hundreds of small cap businesses, I noticed a few other signs (literally) of a tight labor market this morning. As I was stuck in traffic, I took a few pictures. This three mile stretch on A1A was filled with “For Sale and For Lease” signs in 2009. Today, those signs have been replaced with “Help Wanted” signs.

Have a wonderful jobs report Friday! I won’t be tuning in. Instead I’ll be going through earnings reports and learning more about the economy in real time. I should have a summary, along with supporting data, in a couple weeks.

Article by Absolute Return Investing with Eric Cinnamond