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# Revised Better / Worse Units: k
Impact Actual Forecast Previous Time Date
High 77.00 160.00 154.00 07:30 5/4


U.S. Department of Labor


Reports the monthly change in the number of employed workers not including the farming and government sectors. High volatility is usually seen before and after the report is released.



Why should I care?

The number of unemployed workers is an important signal of overall economic activity since consumer spending is greatly correlated with labor-market conditions.


The OlsenScale (SMQ)

The Olsen Scale quantifies the market activity according to the Scale of Market Quakes (SMQ).

Similar to the Richter scale which measures the release of seismic energy during an earthquake, the SMQ relates excessive pricing along various price and time scales to historical data by assigning a single number to it. On a constant basis, the scale therefore characterizes the state of the market.

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Released: May 4, 2012 7:30
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