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Canadian and US employment numbers miss expectations

Posted on: October 06, 2017

We finally made it to the marquee event of the week: Non-Farm Payrolls in both the US and Canada. Starting in the US, while expectations were modest given the impact of hurricane season, the headline number showed a loss of 33k jobs compared to expectations of +80k. While on the surface that sounds bad, positive revisions to the previous month’s numbers, a decline in two ticks of the unemployment rate from 4.4% to 4.2% while the participation rate increased and strong hourly earnings numbers all softened the blow. Here at home, the story was similar. On the surface Canadian employment numbers missed expectations slightly, coming in at +10k compared to expectations of +12k. However, strong gains in full-time employment (+112k) and losses in part-time employment (-102k) is certainly a positive sign. Neither report should do anything to dissuade the Bank of Canada or the Fed from hiking rates in December.

For those watching USDCAD, the pop higher caused by poor trade numbers in Canada yesterday has been deflated a bit as the pair chops around after NFP numbers. Support remains around 1.2460 and again down at 1.2420/30 while the next key level on the topside sits around 1.2660/70. With no major Canadian data next week expect the usual suspects to drag the currency around.

  • Yesterday’s NA Range 1.2473 – 1.2585
  • Asia Overnight Range 1.2562– 1.2594
  • London Overnight Range 1.2541– 1.2597


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