The latest US jobs data has just been released, with the non farm payroll figure coming in at 292,000.

This is a huge advance on November’s figure of 211,000 and well above Bloomberg analysts’ expectations, which stood at 200,000. Unemployment rates were unchanged 5 percent.

This is the first non farm payroll figure since the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates at their meeting in December, and such a positive figure may well encourage another rate rise within the next few months.

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