New Claims on the Rise and Meta Layoffs Commencing: A Look at the Latest JOBS Report and Household Debt Levels [April 20, 2023]

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  • The latest jobs report and its implications for the economy
  • The current state of US households and their financial health
  • SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s controversial approach to crypto regulation

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The JOBS Report

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report is a monthly survey of businesses that measures the number of job openings, hires and separations. This report is important because it gives us insight into the health of our labor market.

The headline number in this month’s report was 245k new claims for unemployment insurance versus 240k last month–a slight improvement over expectations but nothing to write home about.

The continuing claims were up by 61k to 1.87m which suggests that there still may be some weakness in our economy even though we’ve been seeing some improvement recently in other economic data points such as industrial production and consumer spending numbers coming out lately from various sources like ISM Manufacturing Indexes showing growth across all sectors including transportation equipment manufacturing which saw its highest level of activity since 2006 according to Reuters reporter Kate Gibson who covers these areas daily at @KateGibson8_.

US Households in Good Shape?

The question is: Are these numbers skewed by the upper 10%.? Unless the numbers are presented as median and shows a distribution, it hides the fact that a lot of people right no have little to no wealth.

If you match this with the increasing debt levels, it really shows a skewed picture. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment here on this blog post.

Consumer Credit Card Debt

consumer credit card debt

The New York Fed’s latest report on household credit card debt is based on anonymized Equifax data. The report found that in 2022’s final quarter, record-smashing credit card debt balances were recorded across all age groups and income levels.

The average balance for consumers aged 18 to 24 was $7,500; those aged 25 to 34 owed an average of $8,300; those aged 35 to 44 had an average balance of $9,800; and those aged 45-54 carried around $12,200 on their cards.

The highest average amount owed–$15,000–was seen among people aged 55-64 who have been using their plastic longer than any other age group in the country (and therefore have more time to rack up debt).

Whatha Hiding, Gary??

Members of the House Financial Services Committee’s Republican faction have expressed disapproval towards Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler’s stance on cryptocurrency companies, claiming that it contradicts current legislation.

The committee’s Republicans, through a jointly-signed letter, contend that applying National Securities Exchange (NSE) regulations to digital assets is inappropriate, given that cryptocurrencies serve functions beyond investment.

The letter also asserts that Gensler’s recurring calls for industry players to “come in and register” constitute a deliberate distortion of the SEC’s regulatory framework.

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