UPDATE 6-Oil rises above $110 on strong China data

* Chinese trade data points to robust economic growth

* China's commodity imports fall in May on high stocks, tighter credit

* U.S. recoups jobs lost in recession as economy picks up

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NEW YORK, June 9 (Reuters) - Brent crude rose on Monday, surpassing $110 a barrel for the first time in June and U.S. crude rose also as strong Chinese and U.S. data pointed to healthy economic growth and higher demand for oil from the world's top two consumers.

China's exports beat forecasts in May on firmer global demand, rising 7 percent from a year earlier and quickening from April's increase of 0.9 percent. The strong gains overshadowed an unexpected fall in imports that could signal weaker domestic demand.

"The 7 percent rise in Chinese exports month-on-month was very supportive for energy prices as it highlights global consumer strength and activity," said John Kilduff, partner, Again Capital LLC in New York.

The positive data boosted an oil market already bolstered by the loss of crude exports from Libya, where violence and civil turmoil have cut oil output by more than 1 million barrels per day (bpd) from pre-unrest levels.

"Libya's crude oil exports are getting closer to zero," said Richard Hastings, macro strategist at Global Hunter Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Brent rose by $1.35 a barrel to $109.96 by 11:43 a.m. EDT (1543 GMT), after settling down 18 cents and declining 0.7 percent last week. U.S. oil rose by $1.52 to $104.18 a barrel, after reaching an earlier a high of $104.24.

The Chinese data followed U.S. figures from Friday showing employment returning to its pre-recession peak, confirming steady improvement in the world's top economy.

May marked a fourth straight month of U.S. job gains above 200,000, a stretch last seen in January 2000.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meets in Vienna this week and is likely to keep an output target of 30 million bpd. Members of the cartel, which pumps a third of the world's oil, are happy with oil prices and producing enough to cover most of their budget needs.

(Additional reporting by Lorenzo Ligato and Robert Gibbons in New York, Manash Goswami in Singapore; Editing by Susan Thomas, John Stonestreet and David Gregorio)