Australia Unemployment Rate  1978-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from a month earlier at 5.8 percent in December of 2015 and slightly below market consensus. The figure was the lowest since May 2014. The economy lost 1,000 jobs, the smallest decline since May 2010, and the number of unemployed declined by 10,900. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.95 percent from 1978 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 11.10 percent in October of 1992 and a record low of 4 percent in February of 2008. Unemployment Rate in Australia is reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Australia Unemployment Rate
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.80 5.80 11.10 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. Australia Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-11-12 12:30 AM Oct 5.9% 6.2% 6.2% 6.3%
2015-12-10 12:30 AM Nov 5.8% 5.9% 6% 6%
2016-01-14 12:30 AM Dec 5.8% 5.8% 5.9% 5.8%
2016-02-18 12:30 AM Jan 5.8% 5.8% 5.8%
2016-03-10 12:30 AM Feb 5.7%
2016-04-14 01:30 AM Mar 5.6%

Australia Jobless Rate Steady at 5.8% in December


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from a month earlier at 5.8 percent in December of 2015 and slightly below market consensus. The figure was the lowest since May 2014. The economy lost 1,000 jobs, the smallest decline since May 2010, and the number of unemployed declined by 10,900.

The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate decreased to 65.1 percent from 65.3 percent in the preceding month.

Employment fell to 11,902,300: full-time employment rose 17,600 to 8,228,700 and part-time employment was down by 18,500 to 3,673,600.

Unemployment decreased by 10,900 to 727,500. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work decreased 2,600 to 515,000 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work fell by 8,400 to 212,500.

Seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 0.3 million hours to 1,645.2 million hours.

ABS l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
1/14/2016 1:34:28 AM

Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.80 5.80 11.10 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 11902.31 11900.64 11902.31 5994.29 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 727.48 739.12 953.35 365.42 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -18600.00 7110.00 75730.00 -76610.00 [+]
Full Time Employment 17600.00 47300.00 76972.00 -73016.00 [+]
Employment Change -1000.00 75000.00 90140.00 -69614.00 Persons [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.10 65.30 65.80 60.15 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.10 12.44 20.22 7.61 percent [+]
Labour Costs 101.20 102.20 102.50 45.40 Index Points [+]
Productivity 101.30 102.50 104.21 58.20 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 167.00 160.20 190.00 28.40 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 156969.30 155704.00 257903.90 72582.00 [+]
Wages 1136.90 1128.70 1136.90 59.10 AUD/Week [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 1259.00 1268.50 1268.50 333.00 AUD/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.30 2.50 4.30 2.30 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 656.90 640.90 656.90 543.78 AUD/week [+]
Population 23.49 23.13 23.49 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 [+]
Wages High Skilled 5000.00 5000.00 5000.00 5000.00 AUD/Month [+]
Employment Rate 61.90 61.55 63.41 53.48 percent [+]




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