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AUD/USD Breakout Higher in Focus as Australian Unemployment Drops

Australian Dollar, AUD/USD, Australia Jobs Report – Talking Points

  • AUD/USD climbs as jobs data cools November RBA rate cut bets
  • Softer 3Q China GDP data could reverse Australian Dollar gains
  • AUD/USD is attempting to close above key descending trend line

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Australian Dollar Gains as Local Jobs Report Shows Lower Unemployment Rate

The Australian Dollar rose against its major counterparts on September’s local jobs report. This is despite Australia only adding 14.7k positions versus 15.0k expected, down from the 37.9k gain seen last month. Markets seemed to focus on the unemployment rate which unexpectedly ticked down to 5.2 percent. Economists were anticipating it to hold at 5.3% from the prior period.

The latter is welcome after unemployment has been rising from 4.9 percent back in February. However, the labor force participation rate unexpectedly edged cautiously lower from 66.2% to 66.1%. As such, the decline in unemployment may not be optimal here as it could reflect discouraged workers exiting the force altogether. Still, investors focused on Australia adding 26.2k full-time positions.

Australian front-end government bond yields rallied, signaling fading dovish RBA monetary policy expectations. The Reserve Bank of Australia has made it loud and clear that regarding their outlook for interest rates, they are especially keeping an eye on labor data. Today’s figures cooled November rate cut bets, as the focus likely turns to December where markets are split nearly 50-50 on easing bets.

In the near-term, the focus for AUD/USD and whether there could be upside follow-through from here is Friday’s third quarter China GDP data. Relative to expectations, Chinese economic news flow has been tending to disappoint as of late. As a China-liquid proxy, the Aussie could reverse its upside progress should growth from the world’s second-largest economy continue slowing.

Join me at 1:45 GMT on Friday for LIVE coverage of China GDP where I will be discussing the Australian Dollar

AUD/USD Reaction to Jobs Data

AUD/USD Breakout Higher in Focus as Australian Unemployment Drops

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AUD/USD Technical Analysis

With that in mind, AUD/USD once again finds itself attempting to push above the key descending resistance line from July. A confirmatory daily close above it could pave the way for a reversal of the dominant downtrend since then. That places the focus on the September highs (0.6865 – 0.6895) which if taken out, exposes the descending channel of resistance from December 2018.

You can follow me on Twitter for the latest updates in AUD here at @ddubrovskyFX.

AUD/USD Daily Chart

AUD/USD Breakout Higher in Focus as Australian Unemployment Drops

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— Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com

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