US jobs report preview: will NFP follow ADP rise?
The September US jobs report released on Friday provides traders with a fresh opportunity to scrutinise the economic recovery after months of improvements that have followed the first quarter (Q1) economic collapse.
Coming at a time when we have seen a resurgence for the dollar, the jobs report will be released at 1.30pm on Friday 2 October.
Tune in to IGTV live announcement and analysis this Friday at 1.25pm UK time on the IG platform.
Will improved ADP helps lift sentiment
The September Automatic Data Processing (ADP) payrolls figure released today has seen another month of improvement, with a figure of 749,000 representing the highest amount of job creation in three months.
That rise can be specifically attributed to small and medium sized businesses, with hiring at large firms remaining largely steady. Unfortunately, markets are expecting the headline non-farm payrolls figure to move in the opposite direction, with a reading around 900,000 expected after last months 1.37 million figure seen last month.
With the monthly jobs created moving lower, there is a fear that we could soon see that path of economic improvement take a negative turn. As things stand, that steady improvement seen over recent months remains on track, with the four-month decline in continuing claims pointing towards further reductions in the unemployment rate.
Market forecasts point towards a reduction in the headline unemployment rate from 8.4% to 8.2%. However, one potential warning sign looks like it could come from the U6 unemployment rate, which also includes both workers who are no longer looking for employment, and part-time workers looking for a full-time job. With more comprehensive measure expected to rise to 15.4% from 14.2%, this month could see the first cracks appear in the recovery.
Dollar index technical analysis
Looking at the dollar index, we have seen the greenback drift lower following a bullish breakout last week. The wider downtrend remains intact, yet we have seen a clear bottoming out over the course of August and September.
The rise through 93.64 brought about a bullish signal, with the weakness we have seen since Friday's peak providing a potential buying opportunity. As such, further upside looks likely before long, with a drop below 92.75 negating that bullish outlook. Until then, a bullish turn looks like for the dollar.
By Joshua Mahony
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