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Repeats Story Initially Transmitted at 21:06 GMT Oct 1/17:06 EST Oct 1
     
     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 
median forecasts. 
   
     ADP Private Payrolls (thousands)
Wednesday, October 2 at 8:15 a.m. ET                        Actual:        
               Median                                Sep19  Aug19  Jul19  
Payrolls        140                                   --     195    142
          Comments: The ADP Private Payroll is projected to fall to 140 from 
a previously reported 195. 
     
Jobless Claims (thousands)
Thursday, October 3 at 8:30 a.m. ET                        Actual:        
               Median                                 Sep21  Sep14  Sep7  
Claims          215                                    --     213    206 
          Comments: Weekly jobless claims are expected to rise slightly to 
215,000 from last week's 213,000. This is within the normal range for 
jobless claims. 
     
Factory Orders (percent)
Thursday, October 3 at 10:00 a.m. ET                        Actual:    
                     Median                           Aug19 Jul19  Jun19  
Order %              -0.2                              --    1.4    0.6
          Comments: Factory orders are expected to fall by 0.2% in August, a 
sharp drop from the 1.4% recorded in July.  
     
Markit Services Index
Thursday, October 3 at 10:00 a.m. ET                        Actual:             
 
               Median                             Sep19f  Sep19p  Aug19f   
Index           50.9                                 --    50.9    50.7
  
     Comments: The Markit Services Index is expected to remain unchanged 
in the final estimate from September's earlier estimate of 50.9.
     
ISM Non Manufacturing Index
Thursday, October 3 at 10:00 a.m. ET                        Actual:        
               Median                                Sep19  Aug19  Jul19  
Index           55.1                                   --   56.4    53.7
          Comments: The ISM Non Manufacturing Index is slated to move to 55.1 
from 56.4 seen in August. 
     
Trade Balance (billions)
Friday, October 4 at  a.m. ET                             Actual:        
               Median                                Aug19  Jul19  Jun19  
Billions        -54.5                                 --   -54.0   -55.2        
          Comments:  The trade balance is projected to increase marginally to 
-54.6 in August from -54.0 July. This reflects continued trade tensions 
and strained negotiations.  
     
Nonfarm Payrolls (thousands)
Friday, October 4 at 10:00 a.m. ET                        Actual:        
               Median                                Sep19  Aug19  Jul19  
Payrolls        147                                   --     130    164
Private         130                                   --     96     148
     
     Comments: September nonfarm payrolls are projected to rise to 
147,000 from August's 130,000 number. Private payrolls are also 
projected to rise to 130,000 from 96,000. This further indicates a 
strong labor market and low unemployment.
     Unemployment Rate (percentage)
Friday, October 4 at 10:00 a.m. ET                        Actual:        
               Median                                Sep19  Aug19  Jul19  
Payrolls        3.7%                                   --    3.7%   3.7%
          
     Comments: September unemployment rate is looking to remain constant 
at 3.7% as seen in August and July. 
     
Hourly Earnings (percent/hours)
Friday, October 4 at 8:30 a.m. ET                        Actual:        
                  Median                             Sep19  Aug19  Jul19 
Avg hourly earn    0.3%                               --   0.4%     0.3%
Avg workweek       34.4hr                             --   34.4hr 34.3hr
                                                     
     Comments: Average hourly earnings for September are projected to 
rise 0.3%, just slightly slower than the 0.4% recorded in August. The 
average workweek length is looking to stay at the usual average of 34.4.
--MNI Washington Bureau; +1 202 371 2121; email: alexandra.kelley@marketnews.com
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