Friday's jobs report (NFP) is coming - here's what to expect.
- by Alexander Jakins
It's a big day for the U.S. economy and America's central bank, the Federal Reserve.
The Labor Department will publish the August jobs report (NFP) at 12:30GMT, this employment report takes on extra importance because a Fed rate hike could be at stake.
Fed officials have hinted recently that Friday's jobs number will be weigh on their decision whether to raise rates at their next meeting in late September.
Currently there's a low chance of a Fed rate hike in September but some economists believe a strong number Friday could change the narrative.
The August jobs report is historically a bit weak. On the first initial print, August has been the worst month for job gains since 2010. But the Labor Department revises each monthly figure twice once it collects more data.
After revisions, August is actually in the middle of the pack in terms of monthly job gains. But the Fed won't see any revisions before its meeting in late September, meaning a strong number on Friday increases the odds of a rate hike.
Also, a strong NFP could send the Gold prices plunging down.