Australia's Jobless Rate Edges Up in April


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate slightly increased to 6.2 percent in April of 2015 from 6.1 percent reported in the previous month as the economy lost 2900 jobs and the number of unemployed rose by 7000.

The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate decreased 0.1 points but remained at 64.8 percent in April 2015, based on unrounded estimates. 

Full-time employment decreased by 21,900 to 8,115,900 while part-time employment increased by 19,000 to 3,608,600 persons in April 2015 (seasonally adjusted). The decrease in total employment resulted from: a decrease in male full-time employment (down 47,900 persons), a decrease in female part-time employment (down 10,700), an increase in female full-time employment (up 26,000) and an increase in male part-time employment (up 29,700).

Seasonally adjusted aggregate monthly hours worked series increased 17.8 million hours (1.1 percent) in April 2015 to 1,651.9 million hours.

The seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed increased by 7,000 to 769,500 in April 2015. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work decreased by 2,700 to 541,500 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work increased by 9,800 to 228,000

ABS l Rida Husna l rida@tradingeconomics.com
5/7/2015 3:12:33 AM