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US Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.4% As Job Creation Rebounds Sharply

‘A stable oil market and a rebound in nonfarms will likely set the stage for a narrow to mixed trading session.’ – Peter Cardillo, First Standard Financial

The US unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly last month, as companies created more jobs than expected. The Department of Labour reported that US firms added 211K jobs to the economy in April, following the preceding month’s revised down increase of 79K jobs and surpassing analysts’ expectations for a 194K gain. Data also showed that the unemployment rate fell to 4.4%, down from March’s 4.5%, whereas markets anticipated an acceleration to 4.6%. Meanwhile, average hourly earnings rose 0.3% last month, up from March’s climb of 0.1% and in line with forecasts. According to analysts’ projections, if job creation remains strong, the US labour market will likely hit full employment already this year. Friday’s better-than-expected employment report combined with low initial jobless claims and the strong services PMI pushed up the odds of a June hike by the Federal Reserve. Furthermore, some analysts said that the economy regained positive momentum in the Q1, suggesting that the Fed will likely be forced to raise rates at a quicker than initially expected pace this year.

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