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Topic: New Zealand Unemployment Rate May 4 2021

What does the data mean to the market?

The Unemployment Rate released by Statistics New Zealand is the number of unemployed workers divided by the total civilian labour force. If the rate is up, it indicates a lack of expansion within the New Zealand labour market. As a result, a rise leads to weaken the New Zealand economy. A decrease in the figure is seen as positive (or bullish) for the NZD, while an increase is seen as negative (or bearish).

There are two main data lines from this report Unemployment Rate and Employment Change; both must deviate in the same direction to take a trade.

Historic deviations and their outcome

February 2 2021  A positive deviation of -0.7 from the headline Unemployment Rate with a complementary positive deviation of +1.4k on the secondary line Employment Change which gave a slow move. This is what I love to see.   

I saw some movement before the delivery of the news which is always a concern and often a sign that the news is out early but I held my nerve this time and it paid off. 

Overall the price action was excellent.

See Chart here:;i=26836;t=2021-2-2%2021:45:00.0;s=EURNZD;r=S5

I will use forecasts of:

Employment Change (Q/Q)  0.3
Unemployment Rate  4.9

Today's trade plan

If I get either a positive or negative deviation of 0.4  from the headline Unemployment Rate without a conflict from the secondary line of Employment Change, then I would expect a good initial move followed by some continuation after the initial spike.

Please note that the standard deviation on today's forecast range is significantly smaller than the last quarterly release, so I would expect the data to cause a better market reaction this time.

New Zealand is the first country to emerge from Covid lock downs and hopefully, news events will continue to work. Unfortunately, the RBNZ is currently neutral regarding its stance on which way interest rates might go in the future. Which doesn't help to achieve those large rapid moves I used to see back before Covid came around.

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Hope this helps but please do your own analysis!!

Good luck!!

James Thatcher

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Re: New Zealand Unemployment Rate May 4 2021

We saw both lines of data deviate in the same direction, but the headline only gave a -0.2 deviation which wasn't enough for me. Price action was excellent, seeing some 40 pips in the two minutes directly after the news was released. The move was staggered and slow if I had have traded, I'm sure my fill price would have made for significant profits. Good to see reactions like this.

See Chart here:;i=49879;t=2021-5-4%2022:45:00.0;s=EURNZD;r=S1

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