Australia Unemployment Rate  1978-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 5.8 percent in December of 2016 from 5.7 percent in November and slightly above markets consensus. It was the highest jobless figure since June as the economy added 13,500 jobs while the number of unemployed increased by 14,700. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.92 percent from 1978 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 11.10 percent in October of 1992 and a record low of 4 percent in February of 2008.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-11-17 12:30 AM Oct 5.6% 5.6% 5.6% 5.6%
2016-12-15 12:30 AM Nov 5.7% 5.6% 5.6% 5.6%
2017-01-19 12:30 AM Dec 5.8% 5.7% 5.7% 5.7%
2017-02-16 12:30 AM Jan 5.8% 5.7%
2017-03-16 12:30 AM Feb 5.7%
2017-04-13 01:30 AM Mar 5.7%




Australia Jobless Rate Up To 6-Month High of 5.8%


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 5.8 percent in December of 2016 from 5.7 percent in November. The figure came in slightly above market expectations of 5.7 percent to hit the highest level since June, as the economy added 13,500 jobs while the number of unemployed increased by 14,700.

In December, the seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate was up to 64.7 percent from 64.6 in the prior month.

Employment increased by 13,500 to 11,985,900 and higher than markets consensus of 10,000 : full-time employment rose 9,300 to 8,176,500 and part-time employment increased by 4,200 to 3,809,500.

Unemployment increased 14,700 to 741,100. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 15,000 to 528,900 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work decreased by 300 to 212,200.

Seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 6.9 million hours to 1,670.4 million hours.

ABS l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
1/19/2017 1:11:28 AM



Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.80 5.70 11.10 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 11985.90 11973.20 11985.90 5993.60 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 741.09 725.23 953.14 365.04 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 4200.00 -1300.00 75635.00 -76628.00 Persons [+]
Full Time Employment 9300.00 38400.00 77100.00 -74300.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change 13500.00 37100.00 90300.00 -69800.00 Persons [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.70 64.60 65.80 60.14 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.30 13.70 20.22 7.61 percent [+]
Productivity 101.90 103.50 104.21 58.20 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 101.30 99.90 102.50 45.40 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 181.00 175.30 190.00 28.40 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 161008.07 164438.00 258106.76 72752.60 [+]
Wages 1160.90 1145.70 1160.90 59.10 AUD/Week [+]
Wage Growth 1.90 2.10 4.30 1.90 percent [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 1282.70 1266.90 1282.70 333.00 AUD/Week [+]
Minimum Wages 672.70 656.90 672.70 543.78 AUD/week [+]
Population 23.94 23.61 23.94 10.39 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.50 65.00 65.50 62.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.50 65.00 65.50 65.00 [+]
Wages High Skilled 5350.00 6590.00 6590.00 5000.00 AUD/Month [+]
Living Wage Family 3500.00 3360.00 3500.00 3360.00 AUD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 2260.00 2260.00 2260.00 2240.00 AUD/Month [+]
Employment Rate 61.11 60.85 63.41 53.48 percent [+]



Australia Unemployment Rate Notes

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. Australia Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.80 5.70 11.10 4.00 1978 - 2016 percent Monthly



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