Australian dlr dumped after poor jobs data revives easing speculation
* Aussie around 1 pct lower vs USD, euro, pound, yen
* Jobless rate climbs to 6 pct, highest since 2003
* Speculation rates could be cut again in the future
* Interbank futures a shade firmer
SYDNEY/WELLINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The Australian dollar tumbled around one percent across the board on Thursday after data showed the jobless rate at its highest in a decade, reviving speculation that interest rates may be cut again in coming months.
The Aussie skidded as far as $0.8929, having touched a one-month high of $0.9068 on Wednesday.
Dealers said funds were rebuilding short positions with buyers tipped around $0.8929 ahead of key support near $0.8905.
The Aussie fell hard against the euro and yen to erase this week's gains.
The euro leapt to A$1.5209 <EURAUD-R> from a two-month low of A$1.4977 set overnight, but the pound was the clear standout.
Sterling flew to A$1.8577, having gained more than four pence in the past 24 hours.
The pound had already been on the bounce after the Bank of England revised up its growth forecast for 2014 to 3.4 percent from 2.8 percent, a much more bullish outlook than that of most economists.
It also hinted that interest rates could start to rise from record lows in little more than a year.
The slide in the Aussie followed a surprisingly weak jobs report. Unemployment rose to 6.0 percent in January, well above forecasts of 5.8 percent.
"It's a bit of a reality check for those thinking that the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) will be raising rates at the end of the year or early next year," said Joseph Capurso, a strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
"The Aussie economy still has to go successfully through this transition from mining-led growth to growth in other parts of the economy and as it happens you also want them to create jobs and that is certainly not happening at the moment," he added, seeing the Aussie possibly testing 89 cents.
Interbank futures <0#YIB:> were only a shade firmer as it was just last week that the RBA said rates were likely to remain stable for a while.
Financial markets have slightly revised down the chances of a rate hike, implying 13 basis points of tightening on a 12-month horizon from 17 before the data.
The New Zealand dollar slipped to a session low of $0.8301, retreating from a four-week high of $0.8370 hit overnight as the kiwi fell in sympathy with the Aussie.
Despite its losses versus the greenback, the kiwi rallied against the Aussie which plumbed a near two-week trough of NZ$1.0745 as the Australian data highlighted the country's struggling economy while New Zealand's has been growing strongly.
Overall, the kiwi struggled, pressured by broad strength in sterling, which jumped to a one-week high of NZ$1.9977.
Against the dollar, heavy offers to sell the kiwi above $0.8350 have weighed on the currency, and market participants say that failure to clear the $0.8350-$0.8400 region could knock the kiwi back below $0.8300 in the near term.
Technical support was seen around $0.8274, its 100-day moving average.
The kiwi hovered around the middle of its $0.8050-$0.8550 range seen since October, supported by expectations that New Zealand interest rates will begin rising next month, while the economy is seen outperforming in 2014.
The kiwi could push towards $0.8500 should the Reserve Bank of New Zealand start raising interest rates from a record low 2.5 percent in March.
New Zealand government bonds were unchanged.
(Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)