Waiting for the announcement this morning, the futures market indicated the Dow would lose about 20 points at the open. Then, the announcement was that 80 thousand jobs were created, exactly what economists were predicting on Monday. The futures market then indicated the market would open down about 70 points — a 50 point drop in mere minutes.
That reminds me of the “recency bias,” which means we are most heavily influenced by the most recent information, before the accuracy of that information is known.
More importantly, it is another grim reminder of how painful our economic recovery from the financial crisis has been. Don’t forget that almost 15% of our workers are either unemployed or under-employed, which includes people working part-time only because they cannot find full-time work. That is almost one out of seven workers. What a huge waste of money! A day un-worked can never be recovered. It is lost forever.