Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas released a report last week illustrating that, for the month of April 2012, planned firings at corporations in America rose 11% from a year ago. From the month of March, planned firings were up 7.1%.
The report also expressed the opinion of its authors that, at the current level of demand for goods and services, companies in the U.S. don’t require additional workers to meet output; very bad news for May’s upcoming job numbers report.
Sure, this means the U.S. economy is weak. Without sufficient demand from the consumer, which is 70% of GDP, companies will not hire new workers, which is going to stall jobs growth. This is a bad sign that May’s job numbers could be worse than April’s.
This is further confirmed by the fact that the biggest sector of the economy that cut the most jobs thus far in 2012 has been the consumer products companies. If consumers are not spending, then the companies that make and sell consumer products will not lead jobs growth, but instead lead in layoffs.
The report also highlighted that layoffs at the government level—led by education—continued to increase, which is something I’ve been talking about in these pages.
As municipalities continue to cut the expenses to meet their budget deficits, jobs growth will be nonexistent at the state and municipal levels. And the monthly job numbers will continue to display the effect of this reality.
Challenger always prefaces its report by saying that a corporation’s intention to lay off will change if the economy improves, which will lead to improved job numbers. Given all of the economic headwinds I’ve detailed in these pages recently, like weak U.S. durable goods orders, weak job numbers and weak retail sales, the economy will most likely not improve.
Many are saying that April’s job numbers report was not the start of a downtrend in job numbers. I beg to differ.
Where the Market Stands; Where it’s Headed:
I believe the stock market has been putting in a huge top for months…what technical analysts call the right shoulder of a “head and shoulder” pattern.
The bear market knows that worldwide economic growth is declining rapidly…that Recession Part II is not far behind. It just doesn’t want investors to know, so they keep putting money into the stock market so the bear can take it away again!
What He Said:
“A low savings rate was eventually blamed for the length of the Great Depression. Consumers just didn’t have enough money to spend their way of the Depression. With today’s savings rate being so low, a recession could have a profoundly negative effect on overextended consumers.” Michael Lombardi in PROFIT CONFIDENTIAL, March 26, 2006. Michael started talking about and predicting the financial catastrophe we began experiencing in 2008 long before anyone else.
Expect Pathetic Job Numbers for May As Well was last modified: March 30th, 2013 by Michael Lombardi, MBA
Michael Lombardi founded investor research firm Lombardi Publishing Corporation in 1986. Michael is also the founder of the popular daily e-letter, Profit Confidential, where readers get the benefit of Michael’s years of experience with the stock market, real estate, economic forecasting, precious metals, and various businesses. Michael believes in successful stock picking as an important wealth accumulation tool. Michael has authored more than thousands of articles on investment and money management and is the author of several successful investing publications,... Read Full Bio »
Forecasts Aug. 29, 2015
Immediate term outlook:
The bear market rally in stocks that started in March 2009, extended because of unprecedented central bank money printing, is coming to an end. Gold bullion is up $1,000 an ounce since we first recommended it in 2002 and we are still bullish on the physical metal.
Short-to-medium term outlook:
World economies are entering their slowest growth period since 2009. The Chinese economy grew last year at its slowest pace in 24 years. Japan is in recession. The eurozone is in depression. With almost half the S&P 500 companies deriving revenue outside the U.S., slower world economic growth will negatively impact revenue and earnings growth of American companies. Domestically, America’s gross domestic product grew by only a meager 2.3% in the second quarter, which will negatively impact an already overpriced equity market.
Estimates Aug. 29, 2015
Trailing 12-month EPS for Dow Jones companies (Most Recent Quarter)