Strong employment numbers
aren't good news
March 4, 2005
As crazy as this may sound, not all employment is good employment.
Today's labor department release of a larger than expected 262,000
increase in February non-farm payrolls, heralded by Wall Street
as evidence of a vibrant U.S. economy, actually confirms the
reverse: a dangerously imbalanced economy moving further off
The over-bloated service sector
added another 207,000 jobs, with construction, no doubt mostly
residential, adding 30,000. The beleaguered manufacturing sector
did manage to add 20,000 jobs for a change, though half of that
gain resulted from temporarily laid off auto workers returning
to their job. In other words, the wealth producing sector of
the economy added few workers, while the wealth consuming sector
provided over 80% of new jobs.
The basic problem with service sector jobs is that they produce
few tradable goods. As a result, the added incomes associated
with such jobs create upward pressure on our nation's trade deficit,
as service sector workers use their additional incomes to buy
more imported products. In addition, such jobs provide more workers
with the means to qualify for home mortgages, which require additional
borrowing from abroad, and provide the basis for future cash-out
refinancing, requiring still more foreign financing and resulting
in additional purchases of imported products.
In other words, the last thing the U.S. economy needs is more
non-productive service sector jobs, which only lead to higher
trade deficits as Americans import more goods that service sector
workers do not produce, and larger current account deficits,
as greater interest payments become necessary to service growing
While this reality may have
been lost among U.S. investors, who reacted foolishly by buying
stocks, it was not the case among currency traders, who despite
their initial, almost reflexive action to buy dollars on apparent
"good" economic news, quickly re-evaluated the data
and sold, sending the buck sharply lower against all the world's
major currencies, and to a new twenty-three year low against
the New Zealand dollar. Is this simply a case of buying the rumor
and selling the fact, or is it an actual epiphany on the part
of currency traders with respect to their understanding of the
true nature of the fundamentally flawed American economy? If
it is indeed the latter, our bubble economy may have finally
found its pin.
March 4, 2005
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