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

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 5.7 percent in March of 2016 from 5.8 percent in February and below market consensus of 5.9 percent. It is the lowest jobless rate since September 2013, as the economy added 26,100 jobs and the number of unemployed decreased by 7,300. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.95 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. Unemployment Rate in Australia is reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.70 5.80 11.10 4.00 1978 - 2016 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 May of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-02-18 12:30 AM Jan 6.0% 5.8% 5.8% 5.8%
2016-03-17 12:30 AM Feb 5.8% 6.0% 6% 6%
2016-04-14 01:30 AM Mar 5.7% 5.8% 5.9% 5.9%
2016-05-19 01:30 AM Apr 5.7% 6%
2016-06-16 01:30 AM May 6.1%
2016-07-14 01:30 AM Jun 6.2%

Australia Jobless Rate at 30-Month Low


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 5.7 percent in March of 2016 from 5.8 percent in February and below market consensus of 5.9 percent. It is the lowest jobless rate since September 2013 as the economy added 26,100 jobs and the number of unemployed decreased by 7,300.

The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate stood at 64.9  percent, unchanged from the preceding month.

Employment rose to 11,909,600: full-time employment decreased 8,800 to 8,180,400 and part-time employment increased by 34,900 to 3,729,200.

Unemployment decreased to 723,100. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work decreased by 7,900 to 515,900 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work decreased by 1,800 to 208,400.

Seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked in all jobs decreased 17.5 million hours to 1,632.3 million hours.

ABS l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
4/14/2016 3:14:28 AM

Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.70 5.80 11.10 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 11909.55 11884.05 11909.55 5994.29 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 723.11 732.60 953.35 365.42 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -15600.00 32700.00 75730.00 -76610.00 [+]
Full Time Employment -8800.00 14000.00 76972.00 -73016.00 [+]
Employment Change 26100.00 -7400.00 90140.00 -69614.00 Persons [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.90 64.90 65.80 60.15 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.20 12.65 20.22 7.61 percent [+]
Labour Costs 101.00 101.20 102.50 45.40 Index Points [+]
Productivity 101.60 101.30 104.21 58.20 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 172.90 167.00 190.00 28.40 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 155108.20 154748.40 257903.90 72582.00 [+]
Wages 1145.70 1136.90 1145.70 59.10 AUD/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.20 2.50 4.30 2.30 percent [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 1266.90 1259.00 1268.50 333.00 AUD/Week [+]
Minimum Wages 656.90 640.90 656.90 543.78 AUD/week [+]
Population 23.80 23.49 23.80 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 61.46 60.48 63.41 53.48 percent [+]




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