Australia's Unemployment Rate Edges Up in September


Seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Australia increased 0.1 percentage point to 6.1 percent in September of 2014 from a revised 6.0 percent in both August and July. The number of unemployed persons increased by 11,000 to 746,600.

Full-time employment increased by 21,600 persons to 8,028,900 persons while part-time employment decreased by 51,300 to 3,563,600 persons in September 2014. The decrease in total employment resulted from: a decrease in female part-time employment, down 31,600 persons; a decrease in male part-time employment, down 19,700 persons; an increase in female full-time employment, up 8,200 persons and an increase in male full-time employment, up 1300 persons.

The number of employed persons fell by 29,700 to 11,592,500 persons following a revised increase of 32,100 persons in August. The decrease in September was driven by part-time employment.  

The employment to population ratio, which expresses the number of employed persons as a percentage of the civilian population aged 15 years and over, decreased 0.2 percentage points to 60.6 percent. In September, participation rate decreased by 0.2  percentage point to 64.5 percent.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics revised the unemployment rate for August and July of 2014  from 6.1 percent and 6.4 percent respectively to 6 percent, after making changes to its methodology around seasonal adjustments. 

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10/9/2014 10:54:21 AM