Morning Report: The economy added jobs in January

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The January jobs report showed that the economy added 49,000 jobs. The unemployment rate came in at 6.3%, while average hourly earnings increased 5.4% YOY. The increase in wages is certainly good news, however there still might be COVID noise in those numbers. The labor force participation rate slipped 0.1% to 61.4%.

 

Corelogic agreed to a buyout deal after a long sales process. The company is being bough by Stone Point Capital. Stone Point also owns Home Point.

 

United Wholesale reported origination of $54.7 billion in the fourth quarter, which was an increase of 71% compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. Gain on sale margin increased to 305 basis points.

 

 

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