Economic Analysis – Week of January 14, 2015

The stock market fell after last week’s jobs report, as job gains dropped precipitously from November to December. Traders were displeased with the declining labor force participation rate, which has become an influential barometer for the market. Both doves and hawks at the Fed could point to data that supported their position, with a decrease in wages and job growth exceeding 250,000 for 4 straight months. However, at least two more FOMC meetings will likely take place before rates are gradually increased.

More analysis of this week’s news by Econoday’s Senior Economist Mark Rogers:

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