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

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 5.6 percent in August of 2016 from 5.7 percent in July and below market consensus of 5.7 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since July 2013 as the economy lost 3,900 jobs and the number of unemployed decreased by 10,500. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.93 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
5.60 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 September of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-07-14 01:30 AM Jun 5.8% 5.7% 5.8% 5.8%
2016-08-18 01:30 AM Jul 5.7% 5.8% 5.8% 5.9%
2016-09-15 01:30 AM Aug 5.6% 5.7% 5.7% 5.7%
2016-10-20 12:30 AM Sep 5.6% 5.8%
2016-11-12 12:30 AM Oct 5.9%
2016-12-10 12:30 AM Nov 5.9%

Australia Jobless Rate Falls to 3-Year Low


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 5.6 percent in August of 2016 from 5.7 percent in July and below market consensus of 5.7 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since July 2013 as the economy lost 3,900 jobs and the number of unemployed decreased by 10,500.

The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate came in at 64.7 percent from 64.9 percent in the preceding month.

Employment fell to 11,963,700: full-time employment went up 11,500 to 8,166,100 and part-time employment decreased by 15,400 to 3,797,700.

Unemployment decreased to 10,500. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 14,900 to 496,900 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work decreased by 25,400 to 216,400.

Seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked in all jobs decreased 3.9 million hours to 1,656.0 million hours.

ABS l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
9/15/2016 1:59:22 AM

Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.60 5.70 11.10 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 11963.72 11967.63 11967.63 5993.60 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 713.28 723.80 953.57 365.42 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -15400.00 69600.00 75640.00 -76580.00 [+]
Full Time Employment 11500.00 -43400.00 77000.00 -73000.00 [+]
Employment Change -3900.00 25300.00 90100.00 -69600.00 Persons [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.70 64.88 65.79 60.15 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.24 13.19 20.22 7.61 percent [+]
Productivity 103.50 102.30 104.21 58.20 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 99.90 100.10 102.50 45.40 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 171.90 172.90 190.00 28.40 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 160184.14 157359.17 258105.62 72752.60 [+]
Wages 1160.90 1145.70 1160.90 59.10 AUD/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.10 2.10 4.30 2.10 percent [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 1282.70 1266.90 1282.70 333.00 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 5350.00 6590.00 6590.00 5000.00 AUD/Month [+]
Living Wage Family 3500.00 3360.00 3500.00 3360.00 AUD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 2260.00 2260.00 2260.00 2240.00 AUD/Month [+]
Employment Rate 61.16 61.24 63.41 53.48 percent [+]




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