Australia Unemployment Rate 1978-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in Australia increased to 6.40 percent in January of 2015 from 6.10 percent in December of 2014. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.91 percent from 1978 until 2015, 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
6.40 6.10 10.90 4.00 1978 - 2015 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 Friday, March 6, 2015.


Australia's Jobless Rate Highest Since 2002


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 6.4 percent in January, compared with 6.1 percent in December 2014 as the number of employed people decreased by 12.2 Thousand.

The number of people employed decreased by 12,200 to 11,668,700 in January 2015 (seasonally adjusted). The decrease in employment was driven by decreased full-time employment for both males (down 26,000) and females (down 2,100). The decrease in full-time employment was partly offset by an increase in male part-time employment, up 17,800.

The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate remained at 64.8 per cent in January 2015.

The ABS seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked series increased in January 2015, up 8.2 million hours (0.5 per cent) to 1,607.6 million hours.

The seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed increased by 34,500 to 795,200 in January 2015,

ABS | anna@tradingeconomics.com
2/12/2015 12:56:05 AM


Recent Releases

Australia's Jobless Rate Drops to 6.1%
Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage points to 6.1% in December of 2014 as the number of employed persons rose and the number of unemployed declined. Published on 2015-01-15

Australia's Jobless Rate Rises to 11-Year High
Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 6.3 percent in November 2014 while the number of employed grew the most since March of 2012. Published on 2014-12-11


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-12-11 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Nov
6.3% 6.2% 6.3% 6.2%
2015-01-15 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Dec
6.1% 6.2% (R) 6.3% 6.3%
2015-02-12 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Jan
6.4% 6.1% 6.2% 6.2%
2015-03-12 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Feb
6.4% 6.3%
2015-04-09 02:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Mar
6.3%
2015-05-07 02:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Apr
6.3%


Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.40 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 11668.69 11680.86 11680.86 5997.11 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment -28100.00 46400.00 87900.00 -75500.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change -12200.00 42400.00 102600.00 -100100.00 Persons [+]
Unemployed Persons 795.18 760.66 952.40 366.18 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 142397.70 140515.40 259914.90 56560.60 [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 14.20 13.10 20.30 7.70 percent [+]
Productivity 103.00 102.50 104.21 58.20 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.79 64.80 65.81 60.23 percent [+]
Wages 1128.70 1123.00 1128.70 59.10 AUD/Week [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 1268.50 1216.30 1268.50 333.00 AUD [+]
Labour Costs 102.60 101.90 102.60 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 [+]
Wage Growth 2.50 2.60 4.30 0.60 percent [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.40 Jan/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 5.30 Jan/15 4.30 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.60 Jan/15 6.70 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Nov/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.20 Jan/15 11.30 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Jan/15 4.80 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 5.20 Dec/12 6.30 9.40 5.20 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.60 Jan/15 12.70 13.30 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.60 Jan/15 3.40 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.51 Jan/15 3.76 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.20 Jan/15 7.20 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.50 Jan/15 5.30 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.40 Jan/15 3.50 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.70 Nov/14 23.67 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.50 Jan/15 3.40 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.70 Nov/14 10.40 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.70 Dec/14 5.80 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.70 Jan/15 5.60 10.80 2.50 percent [+]