THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE FIGURES SHOW UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASED IN DECEMBER AS EXPECTED. THE JOBLESS RATE ROSE FROM A REVISED FIVE-POINT-THREE PER CENT IN NOVEMBER TO FIVE-POINT-FOUR PER CENT IN DECEMBER WITH A TOTAL OF FIVE-THOUSAND-500-JOBS LOST. NAB SENIOR ECONOMIST DAVID DE GARIS SAYS THE WEAK OUTLOOK MEANS JOBLESSNESS WILL CONTINUE TO RISE.

TAKING A LOOK AT THE MARKET NOW, THE ASX 200 FINISHED UP AROUND A THIRD OF A PER CENT WHICH IS OFF SESSION HIGHS. ALL SECTORS SEEING SMALL GAINS. THE AUSSIE MARKETS THE BRIGHT SPOT IN THE REGION MOST ASIAN MARKETS ARE SEEING LOSSES THE NIKKEI OFF ONE PER CENT. TAKING A LOOK AT COMMODITIES, GOLD CONTINUES TO RISE. AND TO THE DOLLAR NOW, IT SLIPPED CLOSE TO 105 US CENTS ON THE BACK OF THE JOBS FIGURES AS IT INCREASING THE CHANCE OF AN INTEREST RATE CUT.

ONLINE GIANT E-BAY IS ENJOYING A JUMP IN ITS FOURTH QUARTER PROFITS. THE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH IN MOBILE SHOPPING AND APPS HAS SEEN E-BAY'S PROFITS GROW TO 927 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE QUARTER. E-BAY'S ONLINE MARKET PLACE IS ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD.

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