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Dollar dips on disappointing U.S. jobs data

ForexSep 05, 2014 03:39PM ET
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Soft jobs report weakens dollar, though expectations for upward revisions supports - The dollar weakened against most major currencies on Friday after data revealed the U.S. economy picked up far fewer payrolls in August than markets were expecting.

In U.S. trading on Friday, EUR/USD was up 0.07% at 1.2954.

The Department of Labor reported earlier that the U.S. economy added 142,000 jobs in August, far less than the expected increase of 225,000. July's figure was revised to a 212,000 increase from a previously estimated rise of 209,000.

The report also showed that the U.S. unemployment rate ticked down to 6.1% last month, from 6.2%, in line with expectations.

The data came a day after payroll processor ADP reported that its nonfarm payrolls report showed that the private sector added 204,000 jobs in August, missing expectations for jobs growth of 220,000 though still above the 200,000 mark.

Still, the dollar didn't plummet on the news, as the August jobs report tends to be subject to hefty revisions later in the year.

Still, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has said that slackness persists in the labor market despite an improving economy, which softened demand for the greenback.

Meanwhile in Europe, official data revealed that German industrial production rose 1.9% in July, beating expectations for an uptick of 0.3%, after a revised 0.4% increase in June.

Still, the euro continued to come under pressure in wake of a European Central Bank decision to trim its benchmark interest rate to a record-low 0.05% from 0.15% on Thursday.

The central bank also lowered its deposit facility rate to -0.20% from -0.10% previously and its marginal lending rate to 0.30% from 0.40%.

The European monetary authority will also begin an asset-backed securities purchasing program to shore up the recovery and steer the continent away from deflationary decline.

The ECB cut its forecast for growth this year to 0.9% down from 1.0% previously and cut the forecast for 2015 to 1.6% from 1.7%. The bank also lowered its inflation forecast for this year to 0.6% from 0.7% in June.

The dollar was down against the yen, with USD/JPY down 0.18% at 105.07, and down against the Swiss franc, with USD/CHF down 0.08% at 0.9311.

The greenback was flat against the pound, with GBP/USD down 0.01% at 1.6327.

The dollar was mixed against its cousins in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with USD/CAD up 0.08% at 1.0883, AUD/USD up 0.30% at 0.9376 and NZD/USD up 0.29% at 0.8330.

The US Dollar Index, which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies, was down 0.05% at 83.77.

Dollar dips on disappointing U.S. jobs data

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