NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The U.S. nonfarm payrolls data released Friday showed investors that the economy is on its way toward sustainability.The jobs report also brought a change in how markets react to news involving monetary policy. A strong employment reading led many to believe that tapering was most likely to be announced at September's Federal Reserve meeting. That sent yields spiraling higher and equities followed suit. That was contradictory to previous weeks when the markets were still under the curtain of Fed stimulus, which led to equity selloffs on good news on fear the Fed would cut its lifeline sooner than investors hoped. For weeks now, markets have expected that central bank stimulus is finite. That has led traders to focus more on fundamentals than on artificial inflation created by the Fed. Positive news for the labor market indicates a stronger economy, which is bullish for risk assets. The first chart below is of iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ( SHY) over iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ( TLT). This pair represents the Treasury yield curve. When the pair rises, it represents long-term yields rising faster than short-term yields, thus a steepening of the curve. The pair shows a steady uptrend starting in mid-May, around the time Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke hinted at an end to quantitative easing.