Unemployment rates make a new four-year high, as payrolls fall by over 50,000 in July.
This was a negative, but not as bad as the consensus number of 70,000 and coupled with upward revisions to May and June, some saw a glimmer of recovery in this report, says Jeff Testerman of brokerhunter.com
Securities Industry: Payrolls were down a bit from the previous report by about 2,500 jobs, but this was against an upwardly revised May and June. The bottom line is that employment was relatively flat and remains at historically high levels. So far in 2008, says Testerman, the industry has gained a little over 12,000 jobs for a growth rate hovering around 1.5%; down from previous years, but nevertheless showing surprising strength.