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  • Sun, Apr 6 2014
  • 9:25 PM » China's battle against slowdown
    Published Sun, Apr 06 2014 9:25 PM by CNBC
    China will probably need to ease monetary policy for the first time in two years in coming months
  • 9:24 PM » What's next for the Fed? A hint comes this week
    Published Sun, Apr 06 2014 9:24 PM by CNBC
    The market will watch Wednesday's Fed minutes very carefully for a clue about the federal funds rate.
  • 9:17 PM » Private Sector Payrolls Finally Top Pre-Recession Peak
    Published Sun, Apr 06 2014 9:17 PM by
    The latest BLS employment report contained good news about job gains in March. Private payrolls increased 192,000 in March, hitting a total of more than 116 million and finally erasing the steep payroll losses of the Great Recession. For the first time since December 2007, private U.S. payrolls reached a new all-time peak. Since hitting a low in February 2010, private-sector payrolls have increased in 49 successive months, rising by a total of 8.9 million. Revisions in earlier BLS estimates of payroll gains in January and February also added 37,000 to total gains previously estimated for those months. Nonetheless, public plus private payrolls remain more than 400,000 below their pre-recession peak. That’s because government payrolls sank. In the 49 months that private-sector employment increased, public payrolls fell 627,000, or about 2.8%. Government employment remained unchanged in March, and public payrolls edged down 19,000 over the past year. A shrinking public sector is one of the headwinds slowing the job market recovery. Fortunately, this headwind seems to be weakening. Private employment rose in retail trade, business services, and construction in March. The gains in construction continue to be modest in view of the sharp payroll losses construction companies experienced in the recession. In spite of three years of employment gains averaging about 14,000 a month, construction payrolls remain more than 1.5 million below their pre-recession level. Employment gains in the health care sector rebounded in February and March after two months of unusual weakness in December and January. Private business services have been a major source of job growth since the recovery began. The March payroll numbers saw a continuation of this trend. Half the payroll gains in the sector occurred in the temporary help services industry, which added more than 28,000 jobs in March. Recent robust job growth in temporary help services suggest private sector payroll gains will...
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