We still lack data to determine how final demand is reacting to political uncertainty.

The Labor Department was fully funded during the government shut down and was able to release the employment report for January. The data was affected by the method used to calculate the unemployment rate . It went up to 4.0% from 3.9% as furloughed workers were counted as unemployed.

 

PROBANK AUSTIN ADVISOR - FEBRUARY 4, 2019