04 January 2019

Job Creation and Market Returns for the Last 49 Years

This uses the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) calculation from the first to last day of the decade for the S&P 500 and simply averages annual job creation during each decade (using the first 9 years for this decade).

During the last half of the 20th century - 1950 to 2000 - CAGR was 9.4% a year. That's almost exactly what it's been this decade. But with the train wreck of the oughts, so far this century CAGR works out to 5.6%. So I guess one question is whether we'll ever make up for the last decade or whether the job and stock market just continue at the rate they were before it. Is that potential lost or still waiting to be realized?

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