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April 19, 2018 Article 1 min read
With the expansion approaching its ninth year, and unemployment trending near all-time lows, investors wonder if it can continue.

Economic Perspectives Labor Conditions

For the past eight years, the job market has strengthened considerably, and appears to be on strong footing today. By any number of measures, the labor market is as healthy as it has been in decades. The unemployment rate remains at a 17-year low (at 4.1%), weekly jobless claims recently dipped to their lowest level since 1973, and job openings are near an all-time high.

Given these positive conditions today, it will be increasingly difficult for job creation to be maintained at its recent pace, but it should be sufficient to support continued economic expansion. Furthermore, wage growth is showing some signs of accelerating as the competition to attract and retain skilled workers is intensifying. With the rising demand and dwindling supply increasingly favoring workers, various measures of the consumer mood remain quite optimistic – ultimately supporting consumer spending growth and the broad economy.

Disclosures

Plante Moran Financial Advisors (PMFA) publishes this update to convey general information about market conditions and not for the purpose of providing investment advice. You should consult a representative from PMFA for investment advice regarding your own situation. The information provided in this update is based on information believed to be reliable at the time it was issued. Any analysis non-factual in nature constitutes only current opinions, which are subject to change.