The hosts of CNBC’s Squawk Box were visibly rattled and shaken on Friday when the September’s jobs report came out and was less than half of what it was projected to be.
Host Steve Liesman could not believe what he was seeing as he read the report and commented, “Wow… 194.”
“Whoa!” another host Becky Quick interjected.
“I see 194,000? That is real low,” Liesman remarked not looking up. “Let me go to the jobless rate — wow, big decline, 4.8 percent, 5.1 was expected. Let me … see if I can find where the jobs were, and I think in this case, where the jobs weren’t.”
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The Dow Jones estimate had projected 500,000 new jobs would be created in September. That’s over 300,000 more than what was actually reported by the Labor Department. Private payrolls increased by 317,000. But notably, government payrolls dropped by 123,000. That fact left the CNBC folks scratching their heads in puzzlement.
The purported jobless rate went down. But that rate excludes those who hold part-time jobs and can’t find full-time work. It also leaves out “discouraged workers” who have given up and quit looking for work. The number was reportedly 8.5 percent with those groups thrown in the mix.
Once again, economists are blaming the pandemic for the numbers. They are pointing to education where employment tanked by 144,000 among local governments and by 17,000 among state governments.
“The shortfall may be related to recent reports of difficulty in hiring for certain positions such as bus drivers, food service workers, or substitute teachers, often lower-wage and part-time positions filled by many older workers who may be more concerned about infection,” the Economic Policy Institute’s Elise Gould concluded on Twitter.
The shortfall may be related to recent reports of difficulty in hiring for certain positions such as bus drivers, food service workers, or substitute teachers, often lower-wage and part-time positions filled by many older workers who may be more concerned about infection.
— Elise Gould (@eliselgould) October 8, 2021
“With a small increase of 74,000 jobs in September after a weaker August — again likely the result of the surge in the Delta variant at the end of the summer — leisure and hospitality has a jobs shortfall of nearly 1.6 million since February 2020. We are still in a pandemic!” Gould said according to CNBC.
“This is quite a deflating report,” commented Nick Bunker, who is the economic research director at job placement site Indeed, according to CNBC. “This year has been one of false dawns for the labor market. Demand for workers is strong and millions of people want to return to work, but employment growth has yet to find its footing.”
Not taken into account is the fact that people are still allegedly being incentivized to stay home and not work by the Biden administration.
Jobs Report Another Disaster
194,000 Jobs consensus 500,000
There have been calls to fundamentally change America – its happening! We are a nation that used to love and appreciate work now we refuses to work or can't because of forced mandates and restrictions.
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) October 8, 2021
“It was definitely a weaker number than expected,” Liesman remarked. “Nothing really going on in leisure and hospitality. Declines in nursing. Where else do we have any declines? Not really any big declines here, just not, Becky, the numbers that you need to put people back to work right now. September now coming in weaker than August … and I think that’s the big story here.”
CNBC was shocked in September as well at August’s jobless numbers which also fell short of expectations. The economy added 235,000 jobs which was only a third of the projected 720,000 jobs that were anticipated. Leisman called the number a “big miss” for forecasters at the time.
Public schools usually boost the September jobs report as districts around the country hire teachers, bus drivers, administrators, and other staff back for the start of the fall session. But that was not the case this year.
“Most back-to-school hiring typically occurs in September. Hiring this September was lower than usual, resulting in a decline after seasonal adjustment,” the Labor Department stated in a release. “Recent employment changes are challenging to interpret, as pandemic-related staffing fluctuations in public and private education have distorted the normal seasonal hiring and layoff patterns.”
Americans are not fooled as Biden and the White House spin the jobless numbers:
Today’s jobs report is a disaster:
*Over 300,000 fewer jobs created than expected
*Labor force participation fell
*Prices are rising faster than wages
Biden has squandered the recovery he inherited!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) October 8, 2021
Every good jobs report is because of Biden, every bad report is because of “the virus,” and nothing has anything to do with Democratic lockdowns, wage & benefit policies, or failures.
— Razor (@hale_razor) October 8, 2021
Report shows less than half the expected jobs, but Biden is on the TV saying its a good report.
— Lisa (@Rockprincess818) October 8, 2021
Joe Biden is speaking about the bad September jobs report on a fake White House stage.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) October 8, 2021
The September Jobs Report was ABYSMAL.
Estimate: 500,000 jobs
Actual: 194,000 jobs
Joe the Job Killer isn't building anything back better!
— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) October 8, 2021
Did you see the September jobs report? Only 194,000 when 500,000 was expected!
Biden is sinking America! He's so terribly out to lunch!
— Daniel F. Baranowski (@DFBHarvard) October 8, 2021
CNN on the September jobs report: “The worst of the year”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 8, 2021
Abysmal jobs report again– only 194,000 jobs added.
Good thing that govt is pushing employers to fire their unvaxxed workforce- that should help!
— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) October 8, 2021
Expected job report …… actual job report. pic.twitter.com/7z2zUwa3Nk
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) October 8, 2021
Biden’s Economic Crisis:
A RECORD 10,900,000 job openings, yet September was the worst jobs report of the year…
— Chad Gilmartin (@ChadGilmartinCA) October 8, 2021
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