Australia Unemployment Rate  1978-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 5.7 percent in April of 2017 from 5.9 percent in March and below market estimates of 5.9 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since January, as the economy added 37,400 jobs while the number of unemployed declined by 19,100. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.91 percent from 1978 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 11.20 percent in December of 1992 and a record low of 3.98 percent in February of 2008.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-03-16 12:30 AM Feb 5.9% 5.7% 5.7% 5.7%
2017-04-13 01:30 AM Mar 5.9% 5.9% 5.9% 5.9%
2017-05-18 01:30 AM Apr 5.7% 5.9% 5.9% 5.9%
2017-06-16 01:30 AM May 5.7% 5.7%
2017-07-14 01:30 AM Jun 5.8%
2017-08-18 01:30 AM Jul 5.7%




Australia Jobless Rate Down To 3-Month Low of 5.7%


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 5.7 percent in April of 2017 from 5.9 percent in March and below market estimates of 5.9 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since January, as the economy added 37,400 jobs while the number of unemployed declined by 19,100.

In April, the seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate remained steady at 64.8 percent while market expected 64.7 percent.

Employment increased by 37,400 to 12,099,300, missing market estimates of a 50,000 gain: full-time employment decreased by 11,600 to 8,227,400 while part-time employment increased by 49,000 to 3,871,900.

Unemployment fell by 19,100 to 732,300. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work decreased by 12,300 to 514,200 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work dropped by 6,800 to 218,000.

Seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked in all jobs declined 4.3 million hours (-0.26 percent) to 1,659.5 million hours.

ABS l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
5/18/2017 4:32:16 AM



Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.70 5.88 11.20 3.98 percent [+]
Employed Persons 12099.30 12061.89 12099.30 5995.76 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 732.28 751.42 958.40 363.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 48960.00 -13940.00 73040.00 -72820.00 Persons [+]
Full Time Employment -11600.00 73900.00 74900.00 -80900.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change 37400.00 60000.00 99500.00 -74800.00 Persons [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.80 64.78 65.79 60.11 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.80 13.20 20.22 7.61 percent [+]
Productivity 101.90 101.90 104.21 58.20 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 99.30 101.30 102.50 45.40 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 186.40 181.00 190.00 28.40 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 169268.16 166852.49 258095.48 69799.00 [+]
Wages 1163.50 1163.50 1163.50 59.10 AUD/Week [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 1295.10 1295.10 1295.10 333.00 AUD/Week [+]
Wage Growth 1.90 1.90 4.30 1.90 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 672.70 672.70 672.70 543.78 AUD/week [+]
Population 24.13 23.94 24.13 10.39 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.50 65.00 65.50 62.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.50 65.00 65.50 65.00 [+]
Wages High Skilled 5350.00 6590.00 6590.00 5000.00 AUD/Month [+]
Living Wage Family 2582.40 2559.90 2657.10 2549.80 AUD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 2260.43 2206.65 2299.00 2173.00 AUD/Month [+]
Employment Rate 61.02 61.04 63.41 53.48 percent [+]


Australia Unemployment Rate Notes

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 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.70 5.88 11.20 3.98 1978 - 2017 percent Monthly



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