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UK Jobs Preview: Data to unmask the real state of the economy, pounding the pound

The UK’s last publication of labor data for 2020 will likely provide a reality check and weigh on the pound. However, if reporters talk about an imminent Brexit deal, the chances that the pound could fall diminish, FXStreet’s Analyst Yohay Elam reports. 

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“The upcoming report for October is set to show the jobless rate top 5%, which would be the worst since early 2016. An increase above that round number would likely serve as a reality check and weigh on sterling, even if the actual figure only meets expectations.” 

“If the data mostly point to a deterioration in the UK’s labor conditions, the pound has room to fall. However, it is essential to note that Brexit headlines have the upper hand in impacting cable. A weak jobs report would have a stronger impact if it goes with the trend – if Brexit headlines are downbeat at the same time. On the other hand, optimism about an upcoming agreement will likely push traders to dismiss weak job statistics.”

“A sub-5% Unemployment Rate would be pound-positive – but mostly if sterling is already riding higher on hopes for an EU-UK deal. If strong results come amid reports that talks are about to collapse, GBP/USD will likely shrug it off.”

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