Pound falls vs Euro on Unemployment Data

20th January 2011
Good morning. Sterling slipped against the Euro yesterday as the single currency was buoyed by growing hopes that euro zone policymakers will be able to navigate their way through the sovereign debt crisis. Against the USD the pound also fell as investors took profit on long positions. At 08:30am rates are as follows:

  • GBP/EUR 1.1872
  • GBP/USD 1.5971
  • GBP/AUD 1.6048
  • GBP/NZD 2.0903
  • GBP/CAD 1.5927
  • GBP/CHF 1.5237
  • GBP/ZAR 11.179
  • GBP/JPY 131.13
  • GBP/HUF 323.62
  • EUR/USD 1.3446

Sterling falls due to high unemployment

UK unemployment rose by 49,000 to almost 2.5 million in the three months to the end of November, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said. Prime Minister David Cameron said any rise in unemployment was a “huge concern”.

Most analysts, as well as the government, expect the unemployment total to continue rising, in large part due to the spending cuts designed to cut the budget deficit. The British Chamber of Commerce was downbeat:

“These figures are disappointing and once again slightly worse than expected,” said the group’s chief economist David Kern. “For the second month in a row, unemployment is up, employment is down and the level of inactivity has seen a marked increase.”

The pound fell as a result of the poor figures against most currencies including the Euro and US Dollar.

Today’s Data

Today is quite quiet on the UK side, with the only data of note an Industrial trends survey. Elsewhere we have Consumer Confidence measures from the Eurozone and a monthly report from the European Central Bank.

Watch for any further comments on higher interest rates that could push GBP/EUR down. From the US there are further home sales data released in the afternoon.

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