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Nonfarm payroll numbers from March undershot consensus materially, posting the biggest decline since March 2009. An even bigger plunge will, however, come next month, analysts at Nordea brief.

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“Nonfarm payrolls clearly undershot consensus for March with a reading of -700k. This is the biggest decline since March 2009. The streak of 113 consecutive months of payroll gains has now been broken.”

“The unemployment rate jumped by 1.9%-point, with the broader U-6 measure posting its biggest monthly increase ever. The participation rate declined by 0.7%-point which is also the biggest drop ever.”

“Wages increased 0.4% m/m, clearly beating consensus, but this is simply due to low income earners being withdrawn from the equation. Wage growth will likely slow in coming months.”