Nonfarm Payrolls in the US rose by 528,000 in July, the data published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed on Friday. This reading followed June’s increase of 398,000 (revised from 372,000) and came in better than the market expectation of 250,000. The Unemployment Rate edged lower to 3.5%.
Further details of the publication revealed that the annual wage inflation, as measured by the Average Hourly Earnings, remained unchanged at 5.2%, compared to analysts’ estimate of 4.9%. Finally, the Labor Force Participation Rate declined to 62.1% from 62.%.
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With the initial market reaction, the greenback gathered strength against its rivals and the US Dollar Index was last seen rising 0.65% on the day at 106.45.