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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Unemployment *falls* to 5.5%

More than 50,000 new jobs added in April and the unemployment rate 'falls' to 5.5%?! Crumbs.

Graph: Unemployment Rate

Source: ABS

Well, it's another stunning result, but I think we can probably file the April figures in the "too good to be true "basket (again) and expect that May's figures will be weaker (again)...

I explained why the figures are so volatile here.

What does this all mean? 

Well, firstly, it just confirms yet again that the ABS month-on-month figures are all over the shop.

It's much better off to look at the trend which is: over the past year unemployment is up, but not too sharply.

Of the 164,000 jobs added by the economy in the past year, more than 107,000 of them were in NSW.

What else? 

Well, that rampant Aussie dollar has soared back to 102.41 cents. The stock market clearly isn't that enthused by the news - it's absolutely dead flat, despite the Dow (DJIA) soaring to unprecedented highs at above 15,100 overnight.

And we can probably shelve any further interest rate cut next month absent any meltdowns in other data. Market prices in only a 21% chance of a cut, so likely to be on hold at 2.75% (39% before the release).

Caveat: if the Q1 capital expenditure report is very weak on 30 May then that could be a game-changer and rates could be lowered again. Remember, forecasts predict that total capital expenditure - and particularly mining capital expenditure (below) - will begin to fall in 2013/14.

Source: ABS