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

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 5.7 percent in May of 2016, unchanged from the previous two months and matching market consensus. The economy added 17,900 jobs and the number of unemployed increased by 1,600. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.94 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 5.70 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 June of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-04-14 01:30 AM Mar 5.7% 5.8% 5.9% 5.9%
2016-05-19 01:30 AM Apr 5.7% 5.7% 5.8% 5.8%
2016-06-16 01:30 AM May 5.7% 5.7% 5.7% 5.8%
2016-07-14 01:30 AM Jun 5.7% 5.8%
2016-08-18 01:30 AM Jul 5.9%
2016-09-15 01:30 AM Aug 5.9%

Australia Jobless Rate Steady for 3rd Month in May


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 5.7 percent in May of 2016, unchanged from the previous two months and matching market consensus. The economy added 17,900 jobs and the number of unemployed increased by 1,600.

The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate came in at 64.8 percent, the same as in the preceding month.

Employment rose to 11,930,700: full-time employment remained steady at  8,156,500 and part-time employment increased by 17,900 to 3,774,200.

Unemployment increased to 726,400. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work decreased 6,200 to 509,200 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work increased by 7,800 to 217,200.

Seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 27.7 million hours to 1,643.1 million hours.

ABS l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
6/16/2016 6:46:00 AM

Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.70 5.70 11.10 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 11930.73 11917.19 11930.73 5994.29 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 726.38 723.26 953.35 365.42 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 20200.00 32700.00 75730.00 -76610.00 [+]
Full Time Employment 0.00 -18200.00 76972.00 -73016.00 [+]
Employment Change 17900.00 900.00 90140.00 -69614.00 Persons [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.80 64.80 65.80 60.15 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.28 12.00 20.22 7.61 percent [+]
Labour Costs 100.10 101.00 102.50 45.40 Index Points [+]
Productivity 102.30 101.60 104.21 58.20 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 172.90 167.00 190.00 28.40 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 157942.00 153872.60 257903.90 72582.00 [+]
Wages 1145.70 1136.90 1145.70 59.10 AUD/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.10 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 23.94 23.61 23.94 10.39 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 61.25 61.21 63.41 53.48 percent [+]




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