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

Unemployment Rate in Australia increased to 6.20 percent in October of 2014 from 6.20 percent in September of 2014. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.91 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.

   
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Australia Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.20 6.20 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 Saturday, November 22, 2014.


Australia Unemployment Rate Steady at 6.2% in October


Seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Australia remained unchanged at 6.2 percent in October of 2014 from a revised September figure. The number of unemployed persons increased by 7,100 to 772,100.

Full-time employment increased by 33,400 persons to 8,058,500 persons while part-time employment decreased by 9,400 to 3,533,700 persons in October 2014. The increase in total employment resulted from: an increase in female full-time employment, up 26,100 persons; an increase in male full-time employment, up 7,300 persons; an increase in male part-time employment, up 1,000 persons and a decrease in female part-time employment, down 10,400 persons.

The number of employed persons increased by 24,100 to 11,592,200 persons, following a decrease of 23,700 persons in September. The increase in October was driven by full-time employment.  

The employment to population ratio, which expresses the number of employed persons as a percentage of the civilian population aged 15 years and over, was unchanged at 60.5 percent. In October, participation rate remained steady at 64.6 percent.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has made changes to its methodology by removing the effect of supplementary surveys from seasonally adjusted estimates.  Applying the new approach on the seasonally adjusted series from December 2013 onwards, the bureau said these estimates would not change until the annual seasonal reanalysis was completed in early 2015. 

ABS l Rida l rida@tradingeconomics.com
11/6/2014 2:45:40 AM


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Australia Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.1% in August
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Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-09-11 02:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Aug 2014
6.1% 6.4% 6.3% 6.2%
2014-10-09 01:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Sep 2014
6.1% 6.0% (R) 6.2% 6.1%
2014-11-06 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Oct 2014
6.2% 6.2% (R) 6.1% 6.2%
2014-12-11 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Nov 2014
6.2% 6.2%
2015-01-15 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Dec 2014
2015-02-12 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Jan 2015


Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.20 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 11592.19 11568.14 11600.77 5997.11 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 33400.00 -34900.00 87900.00 -75500.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change 24100.00 -23700.00 102600.00 -100100.00 Persons [+]
Unemployed Persons 772.09 764.98 953.70 366.18 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 137283.60 136963.10 259412.20 56560.60 [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.20 12.80 20.30 7.70 percent [+]
Productivity 105.90 105.20 105.90 60.00 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.56 64.49 65.81 60.23 percent [+]
Wages 1123.00 1114.20 1123.00 59.10 AUD [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 1216.30 1216.30 1247.30 333.00 AUD [+]
Labour Costs 101.90 101.10 102.30 45.40 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 640.90 622.20 640.90 543.78 AUD [+]