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My December Employment Preview

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Friday:
• At 8:30 AM ET, Employment Report for December.   There were 120 thousand jobs added in November, and the unemployment rate was at 4.2%.  The consensus is for 400 thousand jobs added in December, and for the unemployment rate to decline to 4.1%.

And on COVID (focus on hospitalizations and deaths):

COVID Metrics
 
Today
Week
Ago
Goal

Percent fully Vaccinated
62.4%

≥70.0%1

Fully Vaccinated (millions)
207.0

≥2321

New Cases per Day3🚩
586,391
315,851
≤5,0002

Hospitalized3🚩
95,250
67,842
≤3,0002

Deaths per Day3🚩
1,245
1,088
≤502

1 Minimum to achieve “herd immunity” (estimated between 70% and 85%).
2my goals to stop daily posts,
37-day average for Cases, Currently Hospitalized, and Deaths
🚩 Increasing 7-day average week-over-week for Cases, Hospitalized, and Deaths
✅ Goal met.

Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the daily (columns) and 7-day average (line) of positive tests reported.

New cases are at record levels.  It appears likely hospitalizations will exceed the previous 7-day average record of 124,031 a year ago.
Fortunately, deaths are still well below the previous 7-day average record of 3,421 in January 2021.

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