When it comes to trading the FOREX market and trading during the news, one of the most volatile news events that you can trade during is non-farm payroll. This is one reason you will sometimes see Apiary Fund review and trade along with the news. Non-farm covers a few different areas when announced on the first Friday of the month, two of the announcements being the employment change and unemployment rates. These types of announcements are in many countries and have a big bearing on what the market does. Sometimes, you’ll even get companies releasing data to forecast what the B.L.S will announce like with the ADP employment announcement where thousands of companies pay records are analyzed to predict what the B.L.S. will announce.
The employment change statistic is a value for overall change in people working in the markets. It's not as some people mistake it, due to the name, people who switched jobs. This number becomes important because if the employment change increases a substantial amount, this means that more companies are hiring and filling jobs. A company isn’t going to hire 500 employees if they expect to go out of business in a month, just as if a huge boom is expected for a companies goods, they aren’t going to lay off half the company. When the employment change numbers increase, it shows that companies are hiring and have good expectations as to what is to come in the market. If the release isn’t large, this shows some companies are letting employees go while others are taking on and shows a mixed forecast for the economy and production.
Unemployment rates are also a huge factor in the FOREX markets. One important thing to consider when you see unemployment rates is the technical definition of ‘unemployed.’ A stay-at-home parent is not considered unemployed. Now, if that same individual started to apply, once they started looking, they are considered unemployed. Say after a week they decided to stop looking for a job because they decided against it, the B.L.S. considers that individual unemployed for four weeks after physically looking for a job. Due to these conditions, a jump in unemployment rates isn’t actually all that bad all the time. When school lets out and a surge of students begin looking for summer jobs, unemployment will typically increase but fall as companies hire for the summer and we see an increase in employment changes.
There is of course bad unemployment. When a company lays off or terminates employees, they are unemployed since they were working less than four weeks ago. This rise in unemployment rates shows negative expectation in production for companies and causes a currency to devalue normally. A large rise in the unemployment rate due to this reason is highly unfavorable, but also a near 0.0% is highly unreasonable. If you look at U.S. unemployment rates, since May 2018, rates have remained below 4% after a longer period of them being above that 4% point showing, in the past year, a more favorable economic condition.
Apiary Fund reviews and trades many news events. They also teach how to trade a lot of news events. Out of these announcements, the unemployment rates and employment changes are one of the most volatile ones. As big banks and traders decipher the numbers and why a rise or fall occurred, changes are at times rampant. Knowing what the data means can help you get a head start on the movements in their final directions, however, and increase your profits throughout.