Positive Signs for US Jobs and Economy in December 2023: What You Need to Know

US Job Market and Economy: Strong Signs for 2024 Amidst Growing Hiring and Moderate Wage Growth in December 2023

Dec 31, 2023 - 06:38
Dec 31, 2023 - 06:38
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Positive Signs for US Jobs and Economy in December 2023: What You Need to Know
Positive Signs for US Jobs and Economy in December 2023: What You Need to Know

As we wrap up 2023, the job market in the United States is looking good, showing strong signs of hiring and a steady economy for the coming year. The anticipated government data to be released this Friday suggests an increase of 170,000 jobs in December, making a total of about 2.7 million new jobs added throughout the year.

According to a survey by Bloomberg, wages are expected to go up by 3.9% compared to last year, which is the smallest increase since mid-2021. At the same time, the unemployment rate is expected to go up a bit to 3.8%.

While hiring is slowing down a bit, the job market's strength is a positive signal for the economy's growth in 2024, though at a more gradual pace. This matches what the Federal Reserve predicts, and they also expect a decrease in inflation.

In their December meeting, the Federal Reserve made it clear that they are stepping back from raising interest rates aggressively. They are keeping the benchmark rate steady at the highest level since 2001, with no plans for more increases. The plan for the coming year is a 75-basis-point reduction in rates.

Bloomberg Economics analysis points out that job growth has been strong in sectors like healthcare and government, but other industries are not growing as much. This is expected to slow down wage growth in December.

Internationally, attention is turning to Canada, where Friday's job data will tell us how the labor market was doing at the end of 2023.

Looking ahead to the first week of the new year, all eyes are on South Korea's export numbers for December, giving us an early look at global commerce and tech demand. Various Asian economies will release Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) figures, which tell us how well the region's economy is doing.

In Europe, the euro zone is ending a multi-year suspension to fiscal rules, aiming to reduce debt and start a new phase of consolidation. The week in the region will also focus on inflation data from France, Germany, Italy, and the euro zone as a whole, giving us insight into the direction of inflation.

Latin America kicks off the new year with Peru's December consumer price report. In Mexico, attention is on the minutes from Banxico's December 14 policy meeting. Brazil's industrial output data for November will also be closely watched, telling us about the economic situation in the region.

As we step into the new year, global economic indicators suggest a mix of strength, a bit of slowing down, and changes in different regions, creating a promising economic outlook.

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