One of Brian’s Favorite Quotes
Smile! It makes them wonder what you‘re up to.”
It’s taking an unusually long time to fill vacant jobs in the US
Business is about leverage.
Who has it, who has lost it, and what people are getting paid for it.
Right now, employees are slowly taking back leverage from employers in the labor market, and this chart from Deutsche Bank’s Torsten Sløk shows a big reason why.
Right now, as employers spend
Over the last few months, as job gains have continued, we’re still waiting for big, clear signs of wage growth, though there are some indications that this is coming.
As we’ve noted time and again, job gains are running far above average, job openings continue to surge higher, and unemployment claims are still near 15-year lows.
In an email on Friday, Sløk noted that though some economic data has disappointed of late, the economy is still close to full capacity, and this chart points to a fairly tight labor market.
On Thursday we highlighted survey results from the New York Fed that showed employers are having trouble finding qualified workers. And the takeaway from all this is pointing towards one thing: if you want the best employees, you’re going to have to pay up.