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May 14, 2021 18 min

Might the economy take off?  According to a Wall Street Journal opinion column, solid wage growth and unfilled openings point to much less labor market slack than headline unemployment data.  Jeff Snider reacts live.


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----EPISODE #73 TOPICS----
00:58 Some data suggests the US labor market is starting to look - well - tight.
02:08 Expect to hear about labor shortages and bottlenecks for the rest of the year.
02:46 In a bad labor market workers would accept much lower pay. That hasn’t happened.
04:34 Another sign of a tightening labor market: employers having trouble staffing up.
06:59 Why do some numbers suggest labor slack while other numbers suggest it is tight?
09:20 Greg Ip suggests "Only a small share of those labor market dropouts want a job."
14:52 The jobs market is not as bad as we think, therefore there is a risk of inflation.


--------REFERENCES--------
The Job Market Is Tighter Than You Think: https://on.wsj.com/3heuQ7q
Alhambra Investments Blog: https://bit.ly/2VIC2wW
RealClear Markets Essays: https://bit.ly/38tL5a7
 

---------WHO-----------
Jeff Snider, Head of Global Investment Research for Alhambra Investments with Emil Kalinowski. Art by David Parkins. Podcast intro/outro is "Sunset Drive" by Future Joust at Epidemic Sound.

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