Australia's Unemployment Rate Remained Steady in January


The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Australia remained unchanged at 5.4 percent in January of 2013.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported the number of people employed increased by 10,400 to 11,549,100 in January. The increase in employment was driven by increased part-time employment, up 20,200 people to 3,450,700 and was offset by decreased full-time employment, down 9,800 to 8,098,400 people. The increase in total employment was mainly driven by an increase in female part-time employment.

 
The number of people unemployed increased by 2,000 people to 659,600 in January, the ABS reported.
 
The ABS monthly seasonally adjusted aggregate hours worked series showed a decrease in January, down 3.9 million hours to 1,619.7 million hours.
 
The ABS reported a seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate decrease of 0.1 percentage points to 65.0 per cent in January.

Australian Bureau of Statistics | Nuno Salva | nuno.salva@tradingeconomics.com
2/7/2013 8:44:13 AM