Below is the breakdown of this morning's labor data from Joshua Steiner and the Hedgeye Financials team. If you would like to setup a call with Josh or Jonathan or trial their research, please contact
Army Woes & Energy Waves
This morning's labor data doubleheader (July Challenger & Weekly Claims) featured weakness stemming from both the Army and the Energy industry. As the chart below shows, large troop reductions caused a ~50-60k surge in announced layoffs in July.
Meanwhile, Energy sector cuts rose to 9k from 0k in June. While we expect the troop count reduction was one-time in nature, our expectations on the energy front are the opposite. In speaking with our Energy Sector Head, Kevin Kaiser, many energy companies are hedged through year-end 2015, implying that later this year/early next year (assuming no bounce in energy) we'll see a second wave of job cuts from Energy.
On the claims side, rolling SA claims bounced nominally W/W (+3k to 270k) but remain at/near frictional lows. Recall that a few weeks ago, claims put in a 42-year low.
Prior to revision, initial jobless claims rose 3k to 270k from 267k WoW, as the prior week's number was unchanged. Meanwhile, the 4-week rolling average of seasonally-adjusted claims fell -6.5k WoW to 268.25k.
The 4-week rolling average of NSA claims, another way of evaluating the data, was -8.6% lower YoY, which is a sequential improvement versus the previous week's YoY change of -7.8%
Joshua Steiner, CFA
Jonathan Casteleyn, CFA, CMT