Australian Dollar Falls as Jobs Data Shows Decline in Full-Time Employment

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Australian Jobs Data Talking Points:

  • For the month of March, Australia adds 70,700 jobs against an expectation of 35,000 jobs
  • AUD/USD declined in immediate trade, following the impressive March jobs data
  • The official unemployment rate fell to 5.6%, against a consensus of 5.7%

Australia posted strong employment numbers for March, with headline unemployment falling to 5.6%. Australia added 70,700 jobs in the month of March, which boosted overall labor force participation to 66.3%. Of note, part-time employment increased by 91,100, while full-time employment decreased by 20,800. The notable decline in full-time employment will be of great concern to the RBA, which has been monitoring employment changes closely. Changes in the labor force have been under so much scrutiny that the RBA even mentioned full-time employment data in its February statement.

Australian Jobs Data

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australia is experiencing a robust recovery from the COVID-induced recession. Business and consumer confidence metrics continue to shine while wages grow and employment data rebounds. Given the swift recovery, the RBA has maintained its monetary policy stance, stating that the “economic recovery is well underway, stronger than had been expected.”

AUD/USD has been battling a mix of headwinds and tailwinds recently as outperformance has ground to a halt. Additional lockdowns in Australia coupled with a slower than expected rollout of COVID vaccines may potentially cap AUD gains in the near term, despite an improving economy. However, should AUD/USD break beyond a significant resistance level at 0.7800, a run back towards 0.8000 may be on the cards. Any headwinds for the Australian Dollar may see the currency fall back and test its 50-day EMA, which currently sits at 0.7676.

AUD/USD 5 Minute Chart

Australian Dollar Falls as Jobs Data Shows Decline in Full-Time Employment

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RBA Governor Phillip Lowe has also gone on record recently stating the RBA’s employment and inflation mandate will not be satisfied until 2024 at the earliest. March minutes from the RBA revealed an increased focus on inflation, with policymakers stating that wage growth would need to rise significantly from current levels in order to cause an uptick in inflation. Given the distance from its end goals, the RBA has reiterated that “very significant” monetary support is required for the foreseeable future.

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— Written by Brendan Fagan, Intern for DailyFX

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