U.S. Economic News

May 8, 2018

U.S. Economic Indicators

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index inched up 0.1 point to 104.8 in April and remains near all-time highs, as four of the components rose, three fell, and three remained unchanged. The share of small business owners who are planning capital outlays in the next few months rose 3 points.  NFIB Report

U.S. News

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (“JOLTS”), a closely-watched measure of labor market health, indicated there were 6.6 million job openings at the end of March, a record high.  Hires edged down to 5.4 million while the quits rate inched up to 2.3%.  BLS Report

The Wall Street Journal reports that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that the Fed will communicate its interest rate policy as clearly and transparently as possible. Powell also said that the role of U.S. monetary policy in influencing capital flows into emerging markets was overstated, and that a stronger global financial system could help avoid “policy whiplash.” WSJ

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