Australia Unemployment Rate 1978-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in Australia increased to 6.10 percent in September of 2014 from 6 percent in August of 2014. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.91 Percent from 1978 until 2014, 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.

   
 
 

Australia Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.10 6.00 10.90 4.00 1978 - 2014 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, October 24, 2014.


Australia's Unemployment Rate Edges Up in September


Seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Australia increased 0.1 percentage point to 6.1 percent in September of 2014 from a revised 6.0 percent in both August and July. The number of unemployed persons increased by 11,000 to 746,600.

Full-time employment increased by 21,600 persons to 8,028,900 persons while part-time employment decreased by 51,300 to 3,563,600 persons in September 2014. The decrease in total employment resulted from: a decrease in female part-time employment, down 31,600 persons; a decrease in male part-time employment, down 19,700 persons; an increase in female full-time employment, up 8,200 persons and an increase in male full-time employment, up 1300 persons.

The number of employed persons fell by 29,700 to 11,592,500 persons following a revised increase of 32,100 persons in August. The decrease in September was driven by part-time employment.  

The employment to population ratio, which expresses the number of employed persons as a percentage of the civilian population aged 15 years and over, decreased 0.2 percentage points to 60.6 percent. In September, participation rate decreased by 0.2  percentage point to 64.5 percent.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics revised the unemployment rate for August and July of 2014  from 6.1 percent and 6.4 percent respectively to 6 percent, after making changes to its methodology around seasonal adjustments. 

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10/9/2014 10:54:21 AM


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Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-07-10 02:30 AM Australia
Unemployment Rate
Jun 2014 6.0% 5.9%(R) 5.9% 6%
2014-08-07 02:30 AM Australia
Unemployment Rate
Jul 2014 6.4% 6.0% 6.0% 5.8%
2014-09-11 02:30 AM Australia
Unemployment Rate
Aug 2014 6.1% 6.4% 6.3% 6.2%
2014-10-09 01:30 AM Australia
Unemployment Rate
Sep 2014 6.1% 6.0% (R) 6.2% 6.1%
2014-11-06 12:30 AM Australia
Unemployment Rate
Oct 2014 6.1% 6.2%


Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.10 6.00 10.90 4.00 Percent [+]
Employed Persons 11703.51 11582.47 11703.51 5997.88 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 21600.00 -79700.00 87872.10 -79700.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change -29700.00 32100.00 102560.50 -99994.20 Persons [+]
Unemployed Persons 755.07 788.53 959.30 366.20 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 135568.60 133630.60 261394.00 56560.60 [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.20 12.80 20.30 7.70 Percent [+]
Productivity 105.90 105.20 105.90 60.00 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.50 64.70 65.96 60.23 Percent [+]
Wages 1123.00 1114.20 1123.00 59.10 AUD [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 1216.30 1247.30 1247.30 333.00 AUD [+]
Labour Costs 101.90 101.10 108.00 48.80 Index Points [+]
Population 23.13 22.72 23.13 10.28 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 64.50 64.00 64.50 62.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Minimum Wages 622.20 606.40 622.20 543.78 AUD [+]