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Analysts at Westpac are forecasting that the US NFP is likely to post a figure of 180 K for the month of July, while the unemployment rate is likely to dip to 3.9%.

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“The US labour market has continued to exceed expectations in 2018. Employment growth continues to run well ahead of the pace needed to hold the unemployment rate constant. And, as a result, all measures of labour market slack have continued to move lower, past historically low levels.”

“Come July, we look for another strong result, albeit a little more modest than those seen of late. A 180k gain would still see the average pace of 2018-to-date remain above that of 2017, and would further build the case for stronger wage gains.”