- The UK wages excluding bonuses rose by 3.2% YoY vs. +3.3% expected.
- The UK wages including bonuses rose by 2.9% YoY vs. +3.0% expected.
- The UK unemployment rate steadies at 3.8% in December.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed on Tuesday, the UK’s average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, arrived at 3.2% 3Mo YoY in December versus 3.4% last and 3.3% expected while the gauge including bonuses came in at 2.9% 3Mo YoY in December versus 3.2% previous and 3.0% expected.
The Kingdom’s official jobless rate steadied at 3.8% in Dec, while the claimant count change showed a much smaller-than-expected increase.
The number of people claiming jobless benefits rose by 5.5K in January, against expectations +22.6K and +2.6K (revised up from +14.9K) seen previously. The claimant count rate remained unchanged at 3.4% vs. 3.4% previous.
About UK jobs
The UK Average Earnings released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is a key short-term indicator of how levels of pay are changing within the UK economy. Generally speaking, the positive earnings growth anticipates positive (or bullish) for the GBP, whereas a low reading is seen as negative (or bearish).
GBP/USD met fresh supply and moved a few pips below the 1.30 handle on disappointing UK wage growth numbers. The further recovery attempts, however, look unlikely amid risk-aversion led broad-based US dollar strength and increased Hard Brexit fears.
At the press time, the cable is back around the 1.3000 level, modestly flat on the day.
GBP/USD levels to watch
|Today last price||1.2999|
|Today Daily Change||-0.0003|
|Today Daily Change %||-0.02|
|Today daily open||1.3002|
|Previous Daily High||1.3054|
|Previous Daily Low||1.2998|
|Previous Weekly High||1.307|
|Previous Weekly Low||1.2872|
|Previous Monthly High||1.3281|
|Previous Monthly Low||1.2954|
|Daily Fibonacci 38.2%||1.3019|
|Daily Fibonacci 61.8%||1.3033|
|Daily Pivot Point S1||1.2982|
|Daily Pivot Point S2||1.2962|
|Daily Pivot Point S3||1.2926|
|Daily Pivot Point R1||1.3038|
|Daily Pivot Point R2||1.3074|
|Daily Pivot Point R3||1.3094|
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