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The UK Stock Market Almanac 2016: Seasonality analysis and studies of market anomalies to give you an edge in the year ahead by Stephen Eckett

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Nonfarm payrolls

There are many statistics released every month by governments that investors follow to assess the strength of economies, but one of the most important and widely followed announcements is the Nonfarm payroll (NFP). This data is released every month by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics; it gives an overview of the employment situation in the US, not including – as the name suggests – farm employees and also a few others such as employees of the government and non-profit organisations.

The specific release of interest is the Commissioner’s Statement on The Employment Situation and the key figure is usually in the first line. For example, the statement of 7 August 2015 starts:

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 215,000 in July. ...

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