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Aussie Take Up Jobs as Draghi Tries to Quit

Friday 15th July 2022

In a week of surprises (US CPI and labour market data, Canada’s interest rate rise, China’s lockdowns and the US$-Euro parity), yesterday saw a sharp fall in Australia’s unemployment rate. ‘It was our turn to surprise’, says NAB’s Taylor Nugent on this morning’s podcast. Unemployment has now fallen to a level below what the RBA was forecasting for next year, so does this mean we should expect a much larger hike at the start of next month? The big news this morning is the attempted resignation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, adding to the turmoil in Europe and adding to the US dollar strength. Next week is shaping up to be a turbulent week for the ECB, particularly if Vladimir Putin doesn’t turn on gas supplies as scheduled. Rising US PPI numbers adding to the inflation story overnight. Today, US retail sales numbers are out, and the University of Michigan inflation expectations survey, which last month convinced the Fed to move rates higher.

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