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The Jobs Report May Mean More Rate Hikes

MBA SVP and Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni sees the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on employment conditions in June as an indicator that rates may rise.

“Job gains slowed in June and estimates of growth were reduced for the prior two months. Although the unemployment rate dropped a tenth, the household survey did show some signs of a weaker market, with the U-6 increasing,” he said.

“The incoming economic data has been filled with conflicting signals. Manufacturing activity remains quite weak, while consumer spending has held up somewhat better, and new home construction and sales have picked up. Our forecast is for a slowdown in economic activity in the second half of 2023, with a recovery in early 2024. The June employment report reinforces that forecast,” Fratantoni pointed out.

“While job growth and wage growth are trending down, both are still well above the pace that would be consistent with the Federal Reserve’s inflation target. We now expect that the FOMC will raise the federal funds target another 25 basis points at its July meeting,” Fratantoni concluded.