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Repeats Story Initially Transmitted at 21:06 GMT Apr 3/17:06 EST Apr 3
WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following are highlights of forecasts for
upcoming U.S. economic indicators provided by participants in the MNI
weekly survey. The comment section presents the key elements behind the
Weekly Jobless Claims for March 30 week
Thursday, April 4 at 8:30 a.m. ET Actual:
Median Range Mar30 Mar23 Mar16
Weekly Claims 216k 210k to 220k -- 211k 216k
Comments: The level of initial jobless claims is expected to rise
by 4,000 to 215,000 in the March 30 week after a decrease of 5,000 in the
previous week. The four-week moving average would fall by 750 this week
as the 218,000 level in the March 2 rolls out of the calculation.
Nonfarm Payrolls for March (change in thousands)
Friday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m. ET Actual:
Median Range Mar19 Feb19 Jan19
Payrolls +170k +145k to +243k -- +20k +311k
Private Jobs +165k +140k to +246k -- +25k +308k
Jobless Rate 3.8% 3.7% to 3.9% -- 3.8% 4.0%
Hrly Earnings +0.3% +0.2% to +0.3% -- +0.4% +0.1%
Avg Wkly Hrs 34.5 34.4 to 34.5 -- 34.4 34.5
Comments: Nonfarm payrolls are forecast to rise by 170,000 in March
after a much weaker-than-expected 20,000 rise in February. The
unemployment rate is expected to stay at 3.8%. Hourly earnings are
forecast to rise by 0.3%, while the average workweek is expected to
rebound slightly to 34.5 hours after falling to 34.4 hours in February.
Consumer Credit for February (dollar change, billions)
Friday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. ET Actual:
Median Range Feb19 Jan19 Dec18
Cons Cred 17.0 13.0 to 18.0 -- +$17.0b +$15.4b
Comments: Consumer credit is expected to grow by $17.0 billion at
an annual rate in February, continuing a string of solid gains.
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