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NASDAQ Hits Record High After U.S. Adds 2.5 Million Jobs

The NASDAQ hit a record high.

All thanks to news the U.S. economy added 2.5 million jobs in May 2020.

Better, the unemployment rate fell to 13.3%.  Meanwhile, Wall Street had expected a decline of 8.3 million jobs, and a jobless rate of at least 19.5%.

“Barring a second surge of Covid-19, the overall U.S. economy may have turned a corner, as evidenced by the surprise job gains today, even though it still remains to be seen exactly what the new normal will look like,” said Tony Bedikian, head of global markets at Citizens Bank, as quoted by CNBC.

  • Leisure and hospitality increased by 1.2 million in May after a loss of 7.5 million
  • Construction increased by 464,000 in May after losing 995,000 in April.
  • Education and health services jobs jumped by 424,000.
  • Retail jobs jumped by 368,000 after a loss of 2.3 million in April
  • Manufacturing jobs increased by 225,000.
  • Professional and business services rose by 127,000

Even with chaos breaking out in the streets across the U.S., markets are hitting higher highs.  That’s because the market is treating the riots “just like natural disasters,” says Chris Burns, CEO of Dynamic Money, as quoted by CNBC.  Markets don’t see a “long-term impact.”

“There’s a heck of a lot that the market is seemingly ignoring right now, in addition to the protests,” added Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab & Co. “But if you look back at the history of large-scale civil unrest…the market tended to sort of look through that. You didn’t tend to see significant weakness either while it was happening or in the aftermath.”