The latest US NFP release showed the US jobs market in rude health with 353k new jobs created in January compared to forecasts of 180k. Last month’s headline figure was also revised higher to 333k from 216k. The closely watched unemployment rate remained steady at 3.7%.
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The US dollar was on the backfoot going into the Jobs Report as recent demand for US Treasuries sent their yields tumbling. Renewed US regional banking fears – shares in New York Community Bancorp slumped by around 40% on Wednesday – drove haven demand, leaving the greenback vulnerable to the downside.