Once per month, financial markets regularly take on the big spotlight. Every first Friday of the month, at 12.30 pm GMT, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the employment data, which gives a good glance on the state of the american economy. The US Non-Farm Payrolls release is the biggest fundamental piece of data the market gets regularly.

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Non farm payroll employment is a compiled name for goods, construction and manufacturing companies in the US. It does not include farm workers, private household employees, or non-profit organization employees.

Why is the NFP so relevant?
This report is important because the US is the largest economy in the world and its currency (USD) is the global reserve currency. The many economies peg (tie) their currencies value to the reserve currency, many commodities such as gold and oil are priced in terms of the reserve currency and the local economy debt is priced in terms of its own currency. The Non Farm Payroll report, because of its importance to the reserve currency, tends to move all markets: currencies, equities, treasuries, interest rates, and commodities. It does so immediately after the release of the economic data and sometimes dramatically.

How does the NFP impact the USD?

A NFP which is stronger than the estimate (also known as the forecast) indicates that the labor market is stronger than what the markets expected, and the dollar often rises as a result. Why? Let ua use a stock market analogy to answer this question. Just like a company stock often rises after the company releases a strong financial report, so to the US dollar can be thought of as the stock of the US economy. Thus, when the US releases a strong economic report, the stock (US dollar) often rises against other currencies (such as the euro, pound or yen) as a result. Conversely, a weak NFP report indicates that the labor market is weaker than what the markets anticipated, and a weak reading can push the dollar lower against other currencies.


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