Sunday, December 02, 2012

Impact of Sandy on Employment, November Contest Winners

by Bill McBride on 12/02/2012 09:19:00 AM

A key question for the November employment report, to be released Friday, is the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Sandy hit New York city on October 29th.

Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005, so it might be helpful to look back at the impact on employment in the months following Katrina for some clues. Here is the BLS report for September 2005 with a note on Katrina (I expect a note in the November report related to Sandy). Katrina was a much larger storm, and large areas were devastated, but Sandy struck an area with a much larger population - so the impact on employment might be similar.

The following table shows the average number of jobs added for the four months prior to the storm (both storms hit at the end of a month - after the BLS reference period). Following Katrina, employment gains dropped sharply for the next two months. Note: September 2005 (the first month following Katrina) was originally reported at -35,000, but was eventually revised up to +66,000.

Total Nonfarm Jobs, 1 Month Net Change (000)
 KatrinaSandy
Average (4 previous months)245173
Month After Storm66 
2nd Month After80 
Average 3rd and 4th Month247

The consensus is for an increase of 80,000 non-farm payroll jobs in November 2012.

Here are the winners for the November economic question contest:

1st: Terry Oldham

2nd: Pat MacAuley

3rd tie: Alexander Petrov, Daniel Brawdy

Congratulations all!

Yesterday:
Summary for Week Ending Nov 30th
Schedule for Week of Dec 2nd

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