Laboring On

Last Friday’s mediocre employment report gives the Fed (meeting this week) ample reason to continue buying Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities at the rate of about $80 billion/month for the foreseeable future. As for the employment report, average hourly earnings rose only 1.7% over the past 12 months, while the CPI increased 2.2%! The workweek remained unchanged at 34.4 hours. September and October employment gains were collectively reduced by 49,000.

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