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According to Anders Svendsen, analyst at Nordea Markets, today’s US Labour Market Report for April supports Fed Chair Powell’s upbeat assessment of the economy from Wednesday’s FOMC meeting.

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“Nonfarm payrolls increased 263k in April + 19k in revisions from the past two reports, somewhat above the consensus estimate at 185k.”

“The unemployment rate dropped to 3.6%, while the broad U6 unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.3%.”

“The only weak spot was wage growth “only” at 0.2% m/m in April, higher than a month earlier but less than expected.”

“Overall, the Labour Market Report supports Fed Chair Powell’s assessment of a healthy outlook for this year.”