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.