Canada’s unemployment rate ticked up last month after hitting a 10-year low in December, as both the public and private sectors shed workers.
The Canadian economy lost a net -88k jobs in January on a seasonally adjusted basis. The market expectations were for an increase in employment of +10k.
Canada’s unemployment rate ticked a tad higher to +5.9% in January, up from a revised reading of +5.8% in December.
The loonie took it on the chin immediately, moving from C$1.2601 to an intraday dollar high of C$1.2694. The CAD has since pared all of those losses and then some, trading atop of C$1.2600.
The CAD bears will have been disappointed with the initial price action as there were looking for better USD levels to sell their longs. A plethora of dollar sell orders had been scattered atop of the psychological C$1.2700 handle.The USD/CAD is trading lower on the day at C$1.2585.