Is it us, or does the time seem go more quickly during a pandemic year? We can’t believe that we are passed Thanksgiving and on our way to the end of the year. At least many of us were able to celebrate with our friends and family a bit more this year. And speaking of the end of the year, this week we will have the last jobs report of 2021.

Every month the jobs data is watched closely by the markets. The November employment numbers will be especially important because of two factors. First, the October job gains were very strong. Two strong jobs reports back-to-back would be an important signal that the economic recovery is heating up. Secondly, the recent inflation numbers are a concern as well.

If wage inflation is accelerating at the same time the economy is heating up, this could provide another layer of apprehension for market watchers. Higher inflation is likely to contribute to higher interest rates, which could stifle the economy in the long run. Thus, we want good news for the holiday season, just not too good. Moderate job gains and a quieting of inflation is our wish for the holidays.

Dave Hershman is the top author in the mortgage industry. Dave has published seven books, as well as hundreds of articles and is the founder of the OriginationPro Marketing System and Mortgage School. Want to send this commentary and other news in a personalized format to your sphere database or on social media?  Sign up for a free trial at