Australia Unemployment Rate 1978-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in Australia decreased to 6.10 percent in August of 2014 from 6.40 percent in July of 2014. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.92 Percent from 1978 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 10.90 Percent in December of 1992 and a record low of 4 Percent in February of 2008. Unemployment Rate in Australia is reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistic.

   
 
 

Australia Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.10 6.40 10.90 4.00 1978 - 2014 Percent Monthly
In Australia, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - Australia Unemployment Rate at 5.8% in December - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - Australia Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.


Australia Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.1% in August


Australian jobless rate decreased to 6.1 percent in August of 2014 from a 12-year high of 6.4 percent reported in July. The economy added 121 thousand jobs, the highest monthly gain on record, driven by part-time employment.

The number of employed persons increased by a seasonally adjusted 121,000 in August 2014 to 11,703,500, following a decrease of 4,100 persons in July 2014. Full-time employment rose 14,300 to 8,094,300 and part-time employment increased 106,700 to 3,609,200. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 33,500 to 755,100, following an increase of 41,800 in July 2014. 

The seasonally adjusted underemployment rate increased 0.7 percentage points from May 2014 to 8.5 percent in August 2014. Combined with the August unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, the latest seasonally adjusted estimate of total labor force underutilisation increased 1.0 percentage points to 14.6 percent in August 2014. In trend terms, the underemployment rate increased 0.4 percentage points to 8.2 percent in August 2014 and total labor force underutilisation increased 0.4 percentage points to 14.3 percent.

August 2014 saw the seasonally adjusted participation rate increase by 0.4 percentage points (based on unrounded estimates) to 65.2 percent. The trend participation rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 65.0 percent in August 2014. The employment to population ratio, which expresses the number of employed persons as a percentage of the civilian population aged 15 years and over, increased 0.6 percentage points to 61.3 percent (seasonally adjusted).



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9/11/2014 12:58:55 PM


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Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-06-12 02:30 AM Australia
Unemployment Rate
May 2014 5.8% 5.8% 5.9% 5.8%
2014-07-10 02:30 AM Australia
Unemployment Rate
Jun 2014 6.0% 5.9%(R) 5.9% 6%
2014-08-07 02:30 AM Australia
Unemployment Rate
Jul 2014 6.4% 6.0% 6.0% 5.8%
2014-09-11 02:30 AM Australia
Unemployment Rate
Aug 2014 6.1% 6.4% 6.3% 6.2%
2014-10-09 02:30 AM Australia
Unemployment Rate
Sep 2014 6.1% 6.1%


Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.10 6.40 10.90 4.00 Percent [+]
Employed Persons 11703.51 11582.47 11703.51 5997.88 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 14332.80 15377.10 87872.10 -75441.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change 121036.50 -4082.00 121036.50 -99994.20 Persons [+]
Unemployed Persons 755.07 788.53 959.30 366.20 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 133292.30 132897.50 261394.00 56560.60 [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 14.10 13.60 20.30 7.70 Percent [+]
Productivity 105.90 105.20 105.90 60.00 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.24 64.87 65.96 60.23 Percent [+]
Wages 1123.00 1114.20 1123.00 59.10 AUD [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 1216.30 1247.30 1247.30 333.00 AUD [+]
Labour Costs 101.20 102.30 108.00 48.80 Index Points [+]
Population 23.13 22.72 23.13 10.28 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 64.50 64.00 64.50 62.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Minimum Wages 622.20 606.40 622.20 543.78 AUD [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.10 Aug/14 6.40 10.90 4.00 Percent [+]
Brazil 5.00 Aug/14 4.90 13.10 4.30 Percent [+]
Canada 7.00 Aug/14 7.00 13.10 2.90 Percent [+]
China 4.10 Jun/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 Percent [+]
Euro Area 11.50 Aug/14 11.50 12.00 7.20 Percent [+]
France 10.20 May/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 Percent [+]
Germany 4.90 Aug/14 4.90 14.20 0.40 Percent [+]
India 5.20 Dec/12 6.30 9.40 5.20 Percent [+]
Indonesia 5.70 Feb/14 6.17 11.24 2.00 Percent [+]
Italy 12.30 Aug/14 12.60 12.80 5.90 Percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Aug/14 3.80 5.60 1.00 Percent [+]
Mexico 5.18 Aug/14 5.47 5.93 2.22 Percent [+]
Netherlands 8.00 Aug/14 8.20 8.80 3.40 Percent [+]
Russia 4.80 Aug/14 4.90 14.10 4.80 Percent [+]
South Korea 3.50 Aug/14 3.40 7.10 2.90 Percent [+]
Spain 24.47 May/14 25.93 26.94 4.41 Percent [+]
Switzerland 3.00 Aug/14 2.90 5.40 1.60 Percent [+]
Turkey 9.10 Jun/14 8.80 16.10 8.00 Percent [+]
United Kingdom 6.20 Jul/14 6.40 12.00 3.40 Percent [+]
United States 6.10 Aug/14 6.20 10.80 2.50 Percent [+]





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