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Provided by the Investment Professionals of Frost Investment Advisors | September 12 , 2022

Labor Force Participation Rises; Global Tightening as Growth Stalls; Inflation High but Signs of Slowing; Government Spending May Foil the Fed

Labor Force Participation Rises

The August U.S. jobs picture was stronger than expected, with non-farm payrolls expanding by 315,000, though the prior two months were revised down. The household survey showed an increase of 442,000 jobs, reversing course after showing no significant net change since March. The unemployment rate rose to 3.7%, but this is arguably for good reason: The very important labor force participation rate had an even larger move from 62.1% to 62.4%.

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