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

Unemployment Rate in Australia decreased to 6.10 percent in March of 2015 from 6.20 percent in February of 2015. 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
6.10 6.20 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 Monday, April 27, 2015.


Australia's Jobless Rate Falls Further


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 6.1 percent in March of 2015 from a revised 6.2 percent reported in the previous month as the economy added 37.7K jobs and the number of unemployed declined by 1.5K.

The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate increased to 64.8 percent in March 2015 from 64.7 per cent in February 2015.

The number of people employed increased by 37,700 to 11,720,300 in March 2015 (seasonally adjusted). The increase in employment was driven by increases in both full-time (up 31,500) and part-time employment (up 6,100). Seasonally adjusted employment increased for both males (up 29,100) and females (up 8,600) in March 2015.

Seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked series increased in March 2015, up 4.8 million hours (0.3 percent) to 1,630.4 million hours.

The seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed decreased by 1500 to 764,500 in March 2015. The decrease was driven by those looking for full-time work ( up 700) while those only looking for part-time work, (down 2,200).

ABS l Rida Husna l rida@tradingeconomics.com
4/16/2015 3:38:18 AM


Recent Releases

Australia's Jobless Rate Falls to 6.3%
Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in February from 6.4 percent reported in January as the economy added 15.6K jobs and the number of unemployed declined by 15.8K. Published on 2015-03-12

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. Published on 2015-02-12


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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
6.3% 6.4% 6.3% 6.3%
2015-04-16 02:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Mar
6.1% 6.2% (R) 6.3% 6.3%
2015-05-07 02:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Apr
6.1% 6.3%
2015-06-11 02:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  May
6.3%
2015-07-10 02:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Jun
6.4%


Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.10 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 11720.29 11682.63 11720.29 5997.11 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 31500.00 41900.00 87900.00 -75500.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change 37700.00 42000.00 102600.00 -100100.00 Persons [+]
Unemployed Persons 764.50 766.03 952.40 366.18 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 141190.90 143131.90 259914.90 56560.60 [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.88 14.21 20.30 7.70 percent [+]
Productivity 103.00 102.50 104.21 58.20 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.79 64.70 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/Week [+]
Labour Costs 102.30 102.50 102.50 45.40 Index Points [+]
Population 23.13 22.72 23.13 10.28 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 64.50 64.50 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/week [+]
Wage Growth 2.50 2.60 4.30 2.50 percent [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.10 Mar/15 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 5.90 Feb/15 5.30 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Mar/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Feb/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Feb/15 11.40 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.80 Feb/15 4.80 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.70 Feb/15 12.60 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Feb/15 3.60 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 3.86 Mar/15 4.33 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.00 Mar/15 7.10 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.90 Mar/15 5.80 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Mar/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Feb/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.40 Mar/15 3.50 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 11.30 Jan/15 10.90 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 Feb/15 5.70 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.50 Mar/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]