British Unemployment Better Than Expected – GBP/USD Edges Up


The unemployment rate in Britain remained unchanged at 8.3% in October, better than an expected rise. The more up to date figure, Claimant Count Change, continued rising. Clains are up by 3K. Also this is better than expected.

GBP/USD moved a bit higher, towards 1.5540, but the move is certainly limited.

Claimant Count Change represents the change in the number of jobless claims. It has been on the rise since March. Expectations stood on a rise of 16.1K this time, in the report for November.

The unemployment rate was stable up to summer, standing under 8%. Since then it has been on the rise as well, hitting 8.3% in September and was expected to rise to 8.4% in October.

GBP/USD managed to recover some of its losses prior to the publication, rising from support at 1.5480 to resistance at around 1.5530.

For more levels and analysis, see the British pound forecast.

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