This is a time for Austin mortgage borrowers to be careful. Take advantage of any rally the market gives you and get on the bus before it leaves the station.
Using one standard deviation and a dart board, our bias is for 100k in job losses and a 9.9% unemployment rate
Using one standard deviation and a dart board, our bias is for 100k in job losses and a 9.9% unemployment rate. JPMorgan has the call at minus 90K and 9.9%, Barclays at Minus 75K and 9.8%, Wells Fargo at minus 80k and 9.7%, and Credit Suisse the outlier at minus 125K and 9.9%.
What will the effect on mortgage rates be? Given that the market has build in a positive jobs bias, anything that is 0 to 50K in jobs growth will not create a strong selloff. The bias will be for worsening pricing but not substantially so. This is because the market has already sold off in anticipation.
Mortgage pricing is trying to work its way back from the lows of the early morning trade. We are not out of the woods yet, although I wouldn’t expect this trade session today to be very volatile facing tomorrow morning’s Employment report. From what we are seeing, the estimates are anywhere’s from 100k to 130k job losses vs the 190k number from the previous report. I am leaning more towards the -110k mark at this point. Expectations are for the unemployment rate to stay at the 10.2% previous month number, as well as avg hourly earnings and avg work week numbers to stay the same as well.
Overall, the report shows that the employment situation remains depressed and economists are now saying that approximately 100k new jobs need to be created each month in order to meet the demand of new workers entering the market
This morning, the October employment report produced some surprises. Most notably, the unemployment rate rose to 10.2%, well higher than expected, and its highest level since 1983. We did hit the jobs number right on the head at190,000 job losses for the month, but August and September's job losses were revised with 91,000 fewer lost. September numbers were revised to only being down 219k from the 263k previously reported. Overall, the report shows that the employment situation remains depressed and economists are now saying that approximately 100k new jobs need to be created each month in order to meet the demand of new workers entering the market.
What will this mean to our Austin mortgage rates and Austin mortgage pricing? As always, this number is a market mover and not for the faint at heart.
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