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

Unemployment Rate in Australia increased to 6.20 percent in April of 2015 from 6.10 percent in March of 2015. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.90 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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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.20 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, May 22, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-03-12 12:30 AM Feb 6.3% 6.4% 6.3% 6.3%
2015-04-16 02:30 AM Mar 6.1% 6.2% (R) 6.3% 6.3%
2015-05-07 02:30 AM Apr 6.2% 6.1% 6.2% 6.3%
2015-06-11 02:30 AM May 6.2% 6.3%
2015-07-10 02:30 AM Jun 6.4%
2015-08-07 02:30 AM Jul 6.4%


Australia's Jobless Rate Edges Up in April


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate slightly increased to 6.2 percent in April of 2015 from 6.1 percent reported in the previous month as the economy lost 2900 jobs and the number of unemployed rose by 7000.

The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate decreased 0.1 points but remained at 64.8 percent in April 2015, based on unrounded estimates. 

Full-time employment decreased by 21,900 to 8,115,900 while part-time employment increased by 19,000 to 3,608,600 persons in April 2015 (seasonally adjusted). The decrease in total employment resulted from: a decrease in male full-time employment (down 47,900 persons), a decrease in female part-time employment (down 10,700), an increase in female full-time employment (up 26,000) and an increase in male part-time employment (up 29,700).

Seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked series increased 17.8 million hours (1.1 percent) in April 2015 to 1,651.9 million hours.

The seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed increased by 7,000 to 769,500 in April 2015. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work decreased by 2,700 to 541,500 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work increased by 9,800 to 228,000

ABS l Rida Husna l rida@tradingeconomics.com
5/7/2015 3:12:33 AM


Recent Releases

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. Published on 2015-04-16

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 Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.20 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 11724.56 11727.45 11727.45 5997.11 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment -21900.00 41300.00 87900.00 -75500.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change -2900.00 48200.00 102600.00 -100100.00 Persons [+]
Unemployed Persons 769.51 762.48 952.40 366.18 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 144558.60 141344.90 259914.90 56560.60 [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.65 13.74 20.30 7.70 percent [+]
Productivity 103.00 102.50 104.21 58.20 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.76 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/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 2.30 2.50 4.30 2.30 percent [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.20 Apr/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.40 Apr/15 6.20 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Apr/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Feb/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Mar/15 11.30 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Mar/15 4.70 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 13.00 Mar/15 12.70 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.40 Mar/15 3.50 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 3.86 Mar/15 4.33 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.00 Apr/15 7.00 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.90 Mar/15 5.80 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Apr/15 3.70 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Feb/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.30 Apr/15 3.40 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 11.20 Feb/15 11.30 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.50 Mar/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.40 Apr/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]