U.S. stock futures were little-changed following the May jobs report, which showed the economy creating more jobs than expected last month.
S&P 500 futures were off about 0.5%, Dow futures down 0.4%, while Nasdaq futures were off 1.1% about 50 minutes before the market open. Ahead of the report, futures for all three indexes were lower.
The Labor Department’s monthly employment report showed the U.S. economy created 390,000 jobs in May, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.6%.
Economists had expected the economy to create 318,000 jobs with the unemployment rate falling to 3.5%.
The most notable move in markets following the jobs report came from the bond market, with the yield on 10-year Treasury notes backing up slightly, rising as high as 2.96% following this report.
In markets, shares of Tesla (TSLA) fell as much as 5% in pre-market trading after Reuters reported CEO Elon Musk warned of a “super bad feeling” about the economy and said the company is expected to trim about 10% of jobs in an email to executives.
Musk also motioned management to “pause all hiring worldwide” in the note. The electric-vehicle giant joins a growing docket of companies that have recently reported grappling with headwinds from macroeconomic uncertainty.
Musk’s warning comes just days after JPMorgan Chase (JPM) boss Jamie Dimon cautioned of a “hurricane” bearing down on the U.S. economy.
Elsewhere in markets, Lululemon (LULU) shares edged higher after the athletic apparel manufacturer revealed strong first-quarter earnings results and raised its outlook for 2022, also predicting continued strength in its business despite economic constraints that have hit some of its retail peers.
8:51 a.m. ET: A few early highlights from a first pass at the jobs report
The headline numbers on the May jobs report were right down the middle.
But underneath the surface we’ve got a few indications of where the winds are blowing in a dynamic U.S. labor market.
The number of workers employed in retail fell by 60,700 last month, a sign we’re likely to see folks interpret as indicative of a softening consumer backdrop. The 47,000-worker increase in transportation and warehousing, however, suggests the Amazon side of the retail economy remains intact for now.
Industry-level data also shows leisure & hospitality logged the biggest gains last month, which comes as little surprise given the indications we’ve seen from travel-related plays about their demand backdrop leading into the summer months.
In terms of labor market composition, a 211,000-worker decline in the labor force is notable, as retirements were seen as a headwind last year to the labor market making a full and timely recovery from the pandemic-induced shock.
The duration of unemployment data also gives us an interesting look at the “barbell” structure of the labor market right now — more than 100,000 fewer workers were classified as either unemployed for less than 5 weeks or unemployed for more than 27 weeks. So we see the short-term and long-term unemployed decline as a portion of the overall unemployed population, and from this we could see an argument being made that this remains an “anyone who wants a job can get a job” kind of labor market recovery.
—Myles Udland, senior markets editor
8:32 a.m. ET: May jobs report comes in better than expected
Job growth last month was better than expected in the U.S. economy.
Here are the latest numbers from the BLS’ May jobs report:
Non-farm payrolls: +390,000 vs. +318,000 expected
Unemployment rate: 3.6% vs. 3.5% expected
Average hourly earnings, month-over-month: +0.3% vs. +0.4% expected
Average hourly earnings, year-over-year: +5.2% vs. +5.2% expected
7:12 a.m. ET: Stock futures stumble ahead of Labor Department’s monthly jobs report
Here’s where the major indexes were in early-hours trading Friday:
S&P 500 futures (ES=F): -22.25 (-0.53%) to 4,153.00
Dow futures (YM=F): -114.00 (-0.34%) to 33,109.00
Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): -118.75 (-0.92%) to 12,775.00
Crude (CL=F): -$0.78 (-0.67%) to $116.09
Gold (GC=F): -$2.00 (-0.11%) to $1,869.40 per ounce
10-year Treasury (^TNX): -1.8 bps to yield 2.9130%
Alexandra Semenova is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @alexandraandnyc
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