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Forex Flash: Strong Aus jobs could see AUD/USD towards 1.06 - Westpac

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - In less than 1 hour, the Australia’s employment report will be released. Westpac’s economists expect 10,000 jobs to be lost, says Sean Callow, FX strategist at the bank, which is a sum slightly below the -7,500 consensus pick.

Sean notes: "The range of forecasts is very wide – from +15k to -55k. Westpac Economics expect the unemployment rate to stay constant at 5.4% due to a forecast small drop in the participation rate. A strong jobs number could see AUD/USD push towards 1.0600, a level unbroken since March last year."

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