The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data on nonfarm payrolls (NFP) and unemployment figures for June on July 7. The NFP came in at 209,000 for June, below market expectations of 225,000. It’s the lowest reading since December 2020, but it remains more than twice the 70,000-100,000 per month needed to keep up with the growth in the labor force. Nonfarm payrolls came in at 306,000 last month.

Meanwhile, the The unemployment rate was in line with market expectations at 3.6%, but fell from May’s seven-month high of 3.7%. The job data points to an expected economic slowdown in the US the Federal Reserve can continue to raise interest rates to fight inflation.

While the US dollar index (DXY) fell below 102.75, signaling that the crypto market will rise and Bitcoin could move back above $31k, the tight labor market is bearish for the economy. Job creation is also positive, but the reliance on government jobs for 28% of additions points to a lack of robust growth in the private sector. This comes after strong ADP employment data showed 497,000 new jobs in June.

Overall, the macroeconomic outlook remains challenging for Bitcoin, with government bond yields rising rapidly and returning volatility in the crypto and stock markets. The CME FedWatch tool indicates a near 90% probability of a rate hike of 25 basis points at the July FOMC meeting.

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Bitcoin and Ethereum prices are rising

Bitcoin and Ethereum prices are rising due to the weakness of the US dollar following the recent jobs reports. Both BTC and ETH were up 1% following the non-farm payrolls and unemployment numbers.

BTC price is currently trading at USD 30400, up 2% from the intraday low of USD 29,777. The 24-hour high for Bitcoin is $31463. Meanwhile, ETH price is currently trading at $1871, up 1% in the last 24 hours.

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