The British pound is higher against the Australian dollar on Thursday with the Aussie being pressured by rising Australian unemployment and ongoing uncertainty about the true economic effect of the coronavirus on Asia-Pacific economies. Aussie losses were limited by weakness in the pound which is being held back by EU trade uncertainty.

GBP/AUD was up by 35 pips (-0.19%) to 1.9398 with a daily price range of 1.935 to 1.945 as of 3pm GMT. The currency pair was choppy all day with 1.94 as a midpoint. The daily losses bring a weekly total loss of -0.15%.

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The Australian dollar is under more downward pressure after Australian unemployment rose more than expected to 5.3% in January versus 5.2% expected and 5.1% in December.

The RBA considered cutting interest rates at its last meeting but failed to do so because they are already so low, and the economy appeared to be moving slowly in the direction of inflation and unemployment targets. However, if trade and coronavirus uncertainties prevent the labour market from continuing to improve as previously thought, they may be forced to lower rates in the coming meetings.

The British pound

Brexit uncertainties are well entrenched and so the pound cannot build on last week’s gains despite the improved economic data in the United Kingdom. UK retail sales gained 0.9% month-over-month, higher than the 0.7% expected and bouncing back strongly from the -0.5% contraction in December.

Negotiations between the UK and EU are expected to kick off in March, but the EU is embroiled over big decisions over its own budget post-Brexit. As a result the EU is still deciding what areas of the UK trading relationship it wants to focus on in the deal. EU officials this week continue to talk of the kind of regulatory alignment that Boris Johnson ruled out in his speech after Brexit Day. The EU looks like it wants to apply a different set of standards for the United Kingdom than it did to Canada in any trade deal. is a news site only and not a currency trading platform. is a site operated by TransferWise Inc. (“We”, “Us”), a Delaware Corporation. We do not guarantee that the website will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner or is free of viruses or other harmful components. The content on our site is provided for general information only and is not intended as an exhaustive treatment of its subject. We expressly disclaim any contractual or fiduciary relationship with you on the basis of the content of our site, any you may not rely thereon for any purpose. You should consult with qualified professionals or specialists before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site. Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up to date, and DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Some of the content posted on this site has been commissioned by Us, but is the work of independent contractors. These contractors are not employees, workers, agents or partners of TransferWise and they do not hold themselves out as one. The information and content posted by these independent contractors have not been verified or approved by Us. The views expressed by these independent contractors on do not represent our views.</h6