Aust dollar lifts in early trade

Local currency buoyed by subdued US employment growth data.

The Australian dollar is higher after private sector data from the United States showed that employment growth in the September quarter may be stalling.

At 0630 AEST, the local unit was trading at 89.31 US cents, up from 89.09 cents on Monday.

BK Asset Management New York managing director Boris Schlossberg said the US dollar struggled to gain ground after the release of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) report for July, which helped support the Australian dollar.

"The one sour note in the report was the weaker employment data which dropped back to 53.2 from 54.7 the month prior," he said from New York.

"Currency markets were generally quiet, taking their cue from the placid equity bourses."

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