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Index tracking U.S. services sector activity falls to 3-year low

An index that tracks activity within the services industry fell to a 3-year low in September, while a gauge of hiring within the sector dropped to the lowest level since 2010, according to the ISM non-manufacturing activity survey.

Why it matters: It’s the latest indicator pointing to an economic slowdown in the shadow of a trade war between the world's 2 largest economies, following the 2nd straight month of contraction in the U.S. manufacturing sector. While the services industry is still growing, this is the first sign that the all-important services industry — which makes up a way bigger slice of the economy than manufacturing (about 70%) — is starting feeling the blow.

Go deeper: How the China trade war threatens U.S. manufacturing jobs

How the China trade war threatens U.S. manufacturing jobs

Inside Fuyao Glass, a Chinese-owned factory in Moraine, Ohio. Photo: Andrew Spear/Washington Post/Getty Images

Automation and offshoring have destroyed millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs in the last 2 decades, but another, less-discussed threat to those jobs is the U.S.-China trade war.

The big picture: Almost a fifth of all manufacturing jobs in the U.S. are created by foreign companies that put their factories in American towns to get closer to the U.S. market, according to Brookings, and around a quarter of U.S. exports come from factories owned by foreign countries, reports the Washington Post.

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China's economy grows at slowest pace since 1992

A distribution company outside the container port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. Photo:
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China said its economy grew 6% year-over-year in the 3rd quarter — the slowest pace since the 1st quarter of 1992, per the WSJ — as the trade war weighs on the world's 2nd biggest economy.

Why it matters: s: China's economy grew at a slower pace than the 6.1% economists expected and declined from the prior quarter's 6.2% growth rate. China's efforts — including tax cuts and monetary easing — to stave off the trade war's effects and other homegrown issues have so far come up short. And because details surrounding the U.S.-China "partial trade deal" remain unclear, market-watchers are skeptical the cease-fire will provide any relief for the global economy.

Keep ReadingArrowOct 18, 2019