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Shedlock: Consumer Mood Darkens On Employment Prospects

Written by Mike Shedlock | Sep 24, 2020

A Fed survey of expectations shows that the consumer mood darkens on employment and job prospects.

Consumer Mood, Shedlock: Consumer Mood Darkens On Employment Prospects

Job Transitions

This chart shows the changes in employment status of respondents who were  employed four months ago. The Fed survey asks individuals currently employed (excluding self-employment) whether they are working in the same job as when they submitted their last survey. 

If in the past four months they have answered that they now work for a different employer, they are classified as “With a new employer”, and otherwise they are “With the same employer”. 

Workers currently self-employed who were also self-employed four months ago are classified as “With the same employer”, and otherwise as “With a new employer.” 

Consumer Mood, Shedlock: Consumer Mood Darkens On Employment Prospects

Number of Job Offers

Consumer Mood, Shedlock: Consumer Mood Darkens On Employment Prospects

13.5% of individuals said they received at least one job offer in the last four months. That is down from 21.0% in July 2019. 

The average expected likelihood of receiving a job offer in the next four months dropped to 18.5% in July from 24.1% a year earlier.

Consumer Mood, Shedlock: Consumer Mood Darkens On Employment Prospects

Job Finding Expectations

Consumer Mood, Shedlock: Consumer Mood Darkens On Employment Prospects

The chart shows consumer expectations of finding a job in next three months if lose their job today.

Pre-Covid expectations were near 60%. They are now about 50%.

Consumer Mood, Shedlock: Consumer Mood Darkens On Employment Prospects

Huge Discrepancies In The Data

About the Survey

The Survey of Consumer Expectations is a nationally representative, Internet-based survey of a rotating panel of approximately 1,300 household heads. Respondents participate in the panel for up to twelve months, with a roughly equal number rotating in and out of the panel each month. Unlike comparable surveys based on repeated cross-sections with a different set of respondents in each wave, our panel enables us to observe the changes in expectations and behavior of the same individuals over time.

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  2. Women Lost More Jobs But Have Gained Them Back Faster
  3. Unemployment Claim Progress Slows to a Crawl

Given points 1-3 the darkening mood is not surprising. The Fed is far more optimistic. 

I asked Fed’s GDP and Unemployment Projections: Who Believes Them?

The Fed has great faith in surveys and expectations except when they contradict Fed groupthink.

This applies even to its own surveys.

2020/09/24
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