While there were certainly some encouraging details in the report, there's no question that the overall U.S. labor market continues to be anemic.
Achuthan, the head of the Economic Cycle Research Institute, has long argued that the U.S. economy is in recession.
He notes that, year-over-year growth in nonfarm payrolls and household jobs have fallen to 19 and 18 month lows, respectively.
"The key issue is the pressure on income: people between 35 and 54, i.e., those in their prime earning years, have actually lost jobs since the start of the so-called jobs recovery," he continued.
Indeed, income is becoming an increasingly worrisome metric as consumer spending appears to be bolstered by a falling savings rate. BlackRock's Russ Koesterich even dubbed it the most important number right now.
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