Why You Can’t Trust Friday’s Jobs Report, And What It Means For The S&P 500
Yet some economists also have begun to cast doubt on the accuracy of the monthly jobs reports. UBS economist Jonathan Pingle and colleagues wrote that predicting what the jobs report will say has become “less about forecasting labor market fundamentals and more about war-gaming the survey’s potential mismeasurement.”
Exhibit A is the data on federal income and employment tax withholdings reported in daily Treasury statements. An IBD analysis of Treasury inflows finds that the growth rate of the taxes withheld from worker paychecks has been sliding sharply. Growth in those tax receipts over the 10 weeks through Aug. 26 faded to just 6.7% from a year ago. That’s down from about 12% through mid-May.
A lot more in the link. A very interesting way to double check the validity of the jobs report. Not saying that I believe IBD over the jobs report but it is certainly food for thought.