Kudlow says 266,000 new jobs added in April a 'fluke,' will be revised 'substantially'
April jobs report falls far below expectations
FOX Business' Larry Kudlow reacted to the April jobs report on "Mornings with Maria" Friday, and argued that 266,000 new jobs added seems too low when compared to other indicators. Kudlow said he expects that number to be revised "substantially."
LARRY KUDLOW: I think this whole number's a fluke and I think it's going to be revised substantially, you know, this happens with the nonfarm payrolls.
I mean, I think a 1% error margin is like 300,000 jobs or something. It's a fluky number. And the reason I say that is, no other data point supports this kind of number.
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Now, 266,000 jobs is not bad. But everybody, it was up close to a million. And every other survey, including the ADP survey, including the falling unemployment claims and everything else out there, you know, you're looking at a boom in housing, a boom in trucking, a boom in manufacturing from the ISM, a boom in services from the ISM.
I mean, this number just doesn't jive with those numbers. And I think it'll be substantially corrected. And frankly, I wouldn't pay much mind to it one way or the other…
Don't judge the whole story by one number, and let's wait for revisions. You're going to see other stuff come out that's much, much stronger than this.
U.S. HIRING SHARPLY MISSES EXPECTATIONS IN APRIL WITH JUST 266,000 NEW JOBS ADDED
But again, when you see a number like this that so far, you know, two and three standard deviations away from whatever else is coming out, you have to scratch your head and you say, 'You know what? I don't buy it.'
I do think the Biden administration will use this and say, you know, we need another $4 trillion. Maybe they'll take it up to $6 trillion or $7 trillion now because one month of nonfarm payrolls were a little softer. I'm saying that as a joke, but I know that's how they're going to play their cards.
And I think that's the wrong approach, too. This number is a fluke. It doesn't have any meaning at all.
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