Highest Rates in Months Despite Weak Jobs Report

Posted: October 12th, 2021

For a quick reminder as to why mortgage rates care about the bond market, here's a chart of relative movement in the average 30yr fixed mortgage rate and 10yr Treasury Yields (the quintessential bond market benchmark).You may notice that rates have been moving higher recently, and that's where our journey intersects with Friday's jobs report.

In short, the government's official job tally of 194k (new jobs created) fell extremely short of the median forecast calling for 500k.At almost any other time in history, this would have sent rates screaming lower. This time around, however, rates responded by surging to the highest levels in months.

What's up with that?!