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

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate came in at 5.4 percent in November of 2017, the same as in the preceding month and in line with market consensus. The jobless rate remained at its lowest since February 2013, as the economy added 61,600 jobs while the number of unemployed increased by 4,100. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.89 percent from 1978 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 11.20 percent in December of 1992 and a record low of 4 percent in February of 2008.

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Australia Jobless Rate Holds at 56-Month Low of 5.4%


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate came in at 5.4 percent in November of 2017, the same as in the preceding month and in line with market consensus. The jobless rate remained at its lowest since February 2013, as the economy added 61,600 jobs while the number of unemployed increased by 4,100.

In November, the number of unemployed rose by 4,100 to 707,700. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased by 2,500 to 489,900 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work went up by 1,700 to 217,800.

Employment increased by 61,600 to 12,403,000, the largest rise since October 2015 and way above estimates of a 19,200 increase: Full-time employment rose by 41,900 to 8,501,900 while part-time employment increased by 19,700 to 3,901,100.

The labour force participation rate rose to 65.5 percent from 65.2 percent in the preceding three months and beating expectations of 65.1 percent.

Seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 9.8 million hours (0.6 percent) to 1,740.9 million hours. Meantime, the seasonally adjusted employment to population ratio increased to 61.9 from 61.7 in October.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-10-19 12:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.5% 5.6% 5.6% 5.5%
2017-11-16 12:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.4% 5.5% 5.5% 5.6%
2017-12-14 12:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.4% 5.4% 5.4% 5.5%
2018-01-18 12:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.4%
2018-02-15 12:30 AM Unemployment Rate
2018-03-22 12:30 AM Unemployment Rate


Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.40 5.40 11.20 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 12402.96 12341.35 12402.96 5995.53 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 707.72 703.59 958.37 363.52 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 19690.00 -23170.00 71740.00 -72696.00 Persons [+]
Full Time Employment 41900.00 31000.00 75000.00 -80900.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change 61600.00 7800.00 99500.00 -74900.00 Persons [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.50 65.20 65.80 60.10 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.10 12.60 20.22 7.61 percent [+]
Productivity 100.80 102.20 104.21 58.20 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 100.50 99.80 102.50 45.40 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 201.30 189.20 201.30 28.40 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 172395.18 169923.85 258083.30 69799.00 [+]
Wages 1179.00 1163.50 1179.00 59.10 AUD/Week [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 1254.10 1295.10 1295.10 333.00 AUD/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.00 1.90 4.30 1.90 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 694.90 672.70 694.90 543.78 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 [+]
Living Wage Family 3420.00 3440.00 3460.00 3420.00 AUD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 2420.00 2430.00 2440.00 2420.00 AUD/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 2440.00 2660.00 2660.00 2440.00 AUD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 6110.00 6250.00 6250.00 6110.00 AUD/Month [+]
Employment Rate 61.63 61.60 63.41 53.48 percent [+]


Australia Unemployment Rate

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 December of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.40 5.40 11.20 4.00 1978 - 2017 percent Monthly




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