Fascinating set of charts via Martin Pring at Real Money, applying trend following and technical analysis to NFPs.
"Technicians assume that markets move in trends and that once a trend begins, it remains in force until enough indicators prove that it has reversed.
Trends, of course, can range from intraday trends to secular trends extending over several decades. Obviously it’s not possible to apply intraday analysis to economic data, because most of this information is published on a monthly basis.
To monitor these cycles in nonfarm payrolls, I decided to divide each monthly data point by a 12-month moving average. The great thing about a 12-month average is that it eliminates any seasonal biases. The result is the indicator plotted at the bottom of the first chart."
Here are 4 of Pring’s charts on the issue. They are rather instructive.
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Very interesting approach . . .
Trading Nonfarm Payroll Charts