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Job growth for May shocks to the upside

JUN. 08, 2020

You Need to Know

Week in review

More than 2.5 million job gains for May

In a shock to forecasters, millions of workers were rehired in May as economies reopened, while the unemployment rate fell from April’s record high.

Business surveys show improvement, too

The ISM indices for services and manufacturing each climbed during May as production picked up with new orders starting to flow in again.

Week Ahead

Forecasts

Consumer inflation should see a modest gain

May’s CPI and core CPI readings should both edge higher for May, following an unprecedented April.

Consumer sentiment expected to fall a bit

While the economy recovers from what was likely the low point in the recession, consumer sentiment could nonetheless take a modest step back as a result of the widespread civil unrest throughout the country.

The pace of hiring for May upended expectations with a 2.5 million increase in nonfarm payroll employment — the largest monthly job increase in history.

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