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

Unemployment Rate in Australia increased to 6.30 percent in November of 2014 from 6.20 percent in October 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.

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Australia Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.30 6.20 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 Saturday, December 20, 2014.


Australia's Jobless Rate Rises to 11-Year High


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 6.3 percent in November 2014 while the number of employed grew the most since March of 2012.

The ABS reported the number of people employed increased by 42,700 to 11,637,400 in November 2014 (seasonally adjusted). The increase in employment was driven by increased part-time employment for females (up 36,400) and full-time employment for males (up 23,300) offset by a fall in female full-time employment (down 21,400). Total full-time employment increased, up 1,800.

The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 64.7 per cent in November 2014.

The ABS seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked series decreased in November 2014, down 4.4 million hours (0.3%) to 1,610.6 million hours.

The seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed increased by 4,700 to 777,700 in November 2014, the ABS reported.

The seasonally adjusted underemployment rate was 8.6 per cent in November 2014, an increase of 0.3 percentage points from August 2014. Combined with the unemployment rate of 6.3 per cent, the latest seasonally adjusted estimate of total labour force underutilisation was 15.0 per cent in November 2014, an increase of 0.6 percentage points from August 2014.

ABS | anna@tradingeconomics.com
12/11/2014 12:59:29 AM


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Australia's Unemployment Rate Edges Up in September
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Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-10-09 01:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Sep
6.1% 6.0% (R) 6.2% 6.1%
2014-11-06 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Oct
6.2% 6.2% (R) 6.1% 6.2%
2014-12-11 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Nov
6.3% 6.2% 6.3% 6.2%
2015-01-15 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Dec
6.3% 6.2%
2015-02-13 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Jan
2015-03-13 12:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Feb


Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.30 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 11637.40 11594.73 11637.40 5997.11 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 1800.00 33400.00 87900.00 -75500.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change 42700.00 24100.00 102600.00 -100100.00 Persons [+]
Unemployed Persons 777.65 772.09 952.40 366.18 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 138052.70 137074.20 259412.20 56560.60 [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.20 12.80 20.30 7.70 percent [+]
Productivity 102.80 102.30 105.20 60.00 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.72 64.56 65.81 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 102.60 101.90 102.60 45.40 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 640.90 622.20 640.90 543.78 AUD [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.30 Nov/14 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 4.80 Nov/14 4.70 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.60 Nov/14 6.50 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Aug/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.50 Oct/14 11.50 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Aug/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.90 Oct/14 5.00 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 5.20 Dec/12 6.30 9.40 5.20 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 13.20 Oct/14 12.90 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Oct/14 3.60 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.53 Nov/14 4.78 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 8.00 Nov/14 8.00 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.20 Nov/14 5.10 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.40 Nov/14 3.50 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.67 Aug/14 24.47 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.20 Nov/14 3.10 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.50 Sep/14 10.10 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 6.00 Oct/14 6.00 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.80 Nov/14 5.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]