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

Unemployment Rate in Australia decreased to 6.30 percent in February of 2015 from 6.40 percent in January 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
6.30 6.40 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, March 30, 2015.


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.

The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate decreased to 64.6 per cent in February 2015 from 64.7 per cent in January 2015.

The number of people employed increased by 15,600 to 11,652,400 in February 2015 (seasonally adjusted). The increase in employment was driven by increases in both full-time (up 10,300) and part-time employment (up 5,300). Seasonally adjusted employment increased for both males (up 9,300) and females (up 6,300) in February 2015.

Seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked series increased in February 2015, up 13.0 million hours (0.8%) to 1,620.8 million hours.

The seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed decreased by 15,800 to 777,300 in February 2015. The decrease was driven by those looking only for part-time work, down 18,600.

The seasonally adjusted underemployment rate was 8.6 per cent in February 2015, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from November 2014 based on unrounded estimates. Combined with the unemployment rate of 6.3 per cent, the latest seasonally adjusted estimate of total labour force underutilisation was 14.9 per cent in February 2015, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from November 2014.

ABS | anna@tradingeconomics.com
3/12/2015 12:55:13 AM


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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


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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
6.3% 6.4% 6.3% 6.3%
2015-04-09 02:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Mar
6.3% 6.3%
2015-05-07 02:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Apr
6.3%
2015-06-11 02:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  May
6.3%


Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.30 6.40 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 11652.38 11636.79 11652.38 5997.11 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 10300.00 -30900.00 87900.00 -75500.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change 15600.00 -14600.00 102600.00 -100100.00 Persons [+]
Unemployed Persons 777.29 793.09 952.40 366.18 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 143484.40 142249.20 259914.90 56560.60 [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 14.22 13.09 20.30 7.70 percent [+]
Productivity 103.00 102.50 104.21 58.20 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.61 64.79 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 102.30 102.50 102.50 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 [+]
Wage Growth 2.50 2.60 4.30 0.60 percent [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.30 Feb/15 6.40 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 5.90 Feb/15 5.30 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Feb/15 6.60 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Dec/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 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.60 Jan/15 12.70 13.30 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Feb/15 3.60 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.33 Feb/15 4.51 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.10 Feb/15 7.20 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.80 Feb/15 5.50 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.90 Feb/15 3.40 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.70 Nov/14 23.67 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.50 Feb/15 3.50 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.90 Dec/14 10.70 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.70 Jan/15 5.70 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.50 Feb/15 5.70 10.80 2.50 percent [+]