Job Market: Today we once again had our weekly jobless claims report, which is the report showing how many new people have filed for unemployment benefits in the US. Now the reason we want this figure to go up is that the strong job market is fuelling #inflation
-> More people working means that more people are making & spending money, which sends demand & inflation up (Or at least keeps it up despite the rate hikes).
However, unfortunately, the jobless claims report remained under 200K for the 7th straight week, which just shows how strong the job market is at the moment, which is also probably one of the contributors to the recent uptick in general demand (Which is very worrying). This means that if the job market doesn't start weakening soon, it could cause inflation to back up. The CEO of JPMorgan Chase (The largest US bank) also warned that inflation has gotten a little out of control again, so we need to get back on track or it could get ugly.
We also got the Q4 GDP Revision, which is when they go back and get a final number on the GDP growth for the quarter. It turned out that the GDP growth was 2.7% vs the previously thought 2.9%. This wasn't the end of the world, as the economy is still surprisingly strong among the many rate hikes (Which are slowly taking their effect now -> or at least they should be).
This is however not the worst thing, as inflation has gone down during this period of economic growth, so in theory, all it does is give the #FED
more room to work with before a #recession
is caused (Since it would take more to get to that point).