The pace of US monthly payroll hiring slowed to 160,000 in April, below expectations and the softest result in 7 months.
Australia's resources sector faces a similar predicament.
Construction employment also underwhelmed, being fairly flat in April.
There were, however, some solid monthly gains in employment, including in professional and business services (+65,000) and healthcare (+44,000).
The Aussie dollar is now buying 73.7 US cents.