Below is a chart and brief excerpt from today’s Market Situation Report written by Tier 1 Alpha. If you’re interested in learning more about the Hedgeye-Tier 1 Alpha partnership, there’s more information here.

Today's chart presents a classic "alligator" pattern. Historically, the S&P 500 has mirrored job openings — as they climb, signaling robust economic growth and optimism, so does the stock market. Recently, however, we've seen a divergence: job openings have dwindled while the S&P 500 has moved higher, encapsulating the peculiar economic landscape of 2023.

Job Market Vulnerabilities Emerging - jobs

Without delving deep into the job openings data collection methodology, it's worth contemplating a few points. Forty states report a 20% rise in year-over-year continued jobless claims, typically a harbinger of recession. The unemployment rate among 16- to 19-year-olds has climbed from relatively low baselines, hinting at mounting challenges for new job market entrants. Moreover, the deceleration in the gig economy, exacerbated by widespread cost-cutting that's leaving many contract workers without renewals, shows that despite the job market's resilience, vulnerabilities are emerging.

Government expenditure remains a crucial counterbalance, with significant outlays anticipated from the CHIPS Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and ESSER — the latter being the government's educational support in the wake of Covid-19. Over 70% of these sanctioned funds remain unutilized. Specifically, of the IIJA's $350 billion sanctioned through 2025, only $100 billion has been allocated to date.

While we continue to monitor and adhere to our models and processes, the market continues to levitate for now.

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