Here’s what to look for in tomorrow’s jobs report

Mitchell Hartman Jan 7, 2016

Here’s what to look for in tomorrow’s jobs report

Mitchell Hartman Jan 7, 2016

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its first jobs report of 2016 Friday morning. The release will cover December, and also be a sum-up of 2015. Here’s what to expect:

Jobs

Job creation is expected to remain moderate and steady, with between 200,000 and 215,000 jobs added. Payroll services company ADP reported  Wednesday that the private sector added 257,000 jobs in December, beating consensus. However, many economists don’t consider ADP’s figures a good predictor of the jobs report, the Wall Street Journal noted, especially in December.

Unemployment

The unemployment rate is expected to hold steady at 5.0 percent, though some economists see indications that more workers returned to the labor force in December, which could push the unemployment rate higher. 

Wages

Wages are expected to continue rising moderately, by 0.2 in December compared to November, or a 2.8 percent increase year-over-year. Wage growth will be key as we look ahead to 2016. Are Americans finally feeling like they’re doing better, seven years into the recovery? We’ll have our first indication Friday morning.

There’s a lot happening in the world.  Through it all, Marketplace is here for you. 

You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible. 

Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.  

Need some Econ 101?

Our new Marketplace Crash Course is here to help. Sign-up for free, learn at your own pace.