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Sterling Steady as UK Jobless Rate Rises, Wage Pressures Keep BoE Vigilant

Sterling Steady as UK Jobless Rate Rises, Wage Pressures Keep BoE Vigilant


UK Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.3%, While Earnings Remain Elevated

The UK unemployment rate rose to 4.3% in March from a prior 4.2% as tight monetary conditions are slowly having an effect on the real economy. One area where contractionary policy is not having as much of an effect is on earnings. The measure of UK wages that includes bonuses remained at 5.7% while the measure excluding bonuses remained steady at 6%. The decline in earnings growth has started to peter out, suggesting wage pressures remain.

However, the Bank of England (BoE) hinted at it’s most recent meeting that it is not looking too closely into wage dynamics as it is showing to have a diminished effect on influencing the overall level of prices in the economy.


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Cable's immediate market reaction involved a move higher, which was ultimately reversed within minutes.

GBP/USD Immediate Reaction (5-Minute Chart)


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GBP/USD appears to be eying a move lower on the back of a softer labour market and ahead of tomorrow’s US CPI data. Today’s US PPI data may provide some movement on its release if there can be any read across for tomorrow’s main inflation reading.

A hotter CPI print tomorrow could buoy the greenback, sending GBP/USD lower. Recent soft data like the 1-year ahead estimates of inflation according to the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment report, as well as the NY Fed Survey, suggest tomorrow's lower CPI estimates might be premature. 1.2500 remains a key psychological level, separating bullish and bearish plays. Bullish continuation setups may look to a move above 1.2585 for confirmation, while a move below 1.2500 and the recent spike low at 1.2446 may be sought out for greater confidence centered around bearish biases.

GBP/USD Daily Chart


Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

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