Private Survey: Companies added 253000 jobs in May

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US private payrolls surge in May; layoffs also jump

April's job gains, originally reported as 177,000, were revised down to 174,000. Subsequently, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, rose by 2.1 basis points to 2.217 percent. Companies in that sector increased their payrolls by 37,000 in May after shedding 7,000 net positions the previous month. Large businesses added 57,000 jobs.

The U.S. unit hit session highs against major currencies such as the yen, euro, and Swiss franc following the jobs report, although it already traded higher ahead of the data following losses this week.

China's yuan, however, strengthened beyond 6.8 per dollar for the first time since November 11 after the central bank pushed its reference rate, around which the spot rate can fluctuate, 0.8 percent higher in the second-largest single-day appreciation of the currency since it was de-pegged from the dollar in 2005. According to a Reuters survey of economists, payrolls likely increased by 185,000 jobs in May after a gain of 211,000 in April.

Those figures could indicate a strong government payrolls report, which is due out tonight in the USA, and that would firm up the chances of an interest rate rise by the Federal Reserve in two weeks.

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Meanwhile, the Institute for Supply Management said its barometer of US factory activity edged up to 54.9 last month from 54.8 in April, while ADP reported private payrolls grew by 253,000 last month, beating analysts' median forecast of a 185,000 increase. Weekly claims held below 250,000 in May, which suggests another month of strong job growth.

Still, the ADP report added to data this week showing an acceleration in consumer spending in April. The Atlanta Fed is forecasting gross domestic product increasing at a 4.0 per cent pace in the second quarter.

That could mean good news for wage growth, which has shown modest improvement in recent months but lagged in the wake of the recession.

On Thursday, we got the first two labor market data points of the week, with the highlight coming from research institute ADP. The global risks and uncertainties would mean that it would be ideal for the investors to put their funds in safe havens like gold and silver but the possibility of a rate hike in the United States would make the dollar pretty attractive for those who seek some solid returns.

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The four-week moving average of claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, rose only 2,500 to 238,000 last week.

The Fed said on Wednesday in its Beige Book report of anecdotal information on business activity collected from contacts nationwide that labour markets continued to tighten from early April through late May. Economists had expected jobless claims to edge up to 239,000.

He added that the federal payroll numbers "are based only on the survey of employers".

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