In Forex online trading the dollar tumbled against the euro and the yen on Friday (August 2nd of 2013) after mixed signals about the U.S. labor market quashed expectations the Federal Reserve will start reducing its bond purchases as early as next month.
That was below the median forecast of 184,000. The jobless rate fell to 7.4 percent.
Expectations the Fed may start winding down its stimulus program as early as September have buoyed the dollar this year. Those hopes have faded a bit in recent weeks and the Fed on Wednesday (31st of July of 2013) offered no indication of a near-term move at the end of a two-day policy meeting, report said.
In Forex online trading the euro rose 0.4 percent to $1.3265, having hit a session peak of $1.3284, according to Reuters data.
The dollar lost 0.4 percent to 99.11 yen, having fallen as low as 98.91 yen in Forex online trading.
The government also cut its previous estimates for hiring in May and June. While gains in employment fuelled some of the decline in the jobless rate, the labor force also shrank during the month.
The jobs report came a day after weekly jobless claims and manufacturing data showed the world's largest economy was recovering steadily. The robust data had pushed U.S. yields higher and widened the gap over German, British and Japanese bonds and buoyed the dollar.
"This disappointing payroll number will undo some of the positive market momentum on the economy and the dollar from yesterday's strong ISM and jobless claims reports and justify the Fed's caution on quantitative easing," said Joseph Trevisani, chief market strategist at WorldWideMarkets, Woodcliff Lake in New Jersey.
In Forex online trading the dollar index, which measures the greenback versus a basket of currencies, fell 0.4 percent to 81.994.
Traders of short-term U.S. interest-rate futures boosted bets that the Fed will wait until 2015 before raising short-term borrowing costs after the jobs data.