Australia Unemployment Rate  1978-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 5.5 percent in March of 2018, the same as a downwardly revised figure in the prior month and in line with market consensus. The economy added 4,900 jobs while the number of unemployed fell by 2,400. Unemployment Rate in Australia averaged 6.88 percent from 1978 until 2018, 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 Steady at 5.5% in March


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 5.5 percent in March of 2018, the same as a downwardly revised figure in the prior month and in line with market consensus. The economy added 4,900 jobs while the number of unemployed fell by 2,400.

In March, the number of unemployed declined by 2,400  to 730,200, as those looking for full-time work increased by 9,300 to 522,400, while those looking for only part-time work dropped by 11,700 to 207,800.

Employment increased by 4,900 to 12,484,100, way below estimates of an increase of 21,000. Full-time employment decreased by 19,900 to 8,514,100, while part-time employment went up 24,800 to 3.970,000. 

The labour force participation rate inched down to 65.5 percent from 65.6 percent in a month earlier and less than expectations of 65.7 percent. 

Seasonally adjusted monthly hours worked in all jobs increased by 4.5 million hours (0.26 percent) to 1,740.4 million hours. Meantime, the seasonally adjusted employment to population ratio edged down to 61.9 from 62.0 percent in February.


ABS l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
4/19/2018 1:54:46 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-02-15 12:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.5% 5.6% 5.5% 5.4%
2018-03-22 12:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.6% 5.5% 5.5% 3.3%
2018-04-19 01:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.5% 5.5% 5.5% 5.4%
2018-05-17 01:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.5% 5.5%
2018-06-15 01:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.4%
2018-07-20 01:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.3%


Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.50 5.50 11.20 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 12484.15 12479.24 12485.51 5997.95 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 730.24 732.60 959.90 364.53 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 24769.00 -26354.00 72337.00 -73090.00 Persons [+]
Full Time Employment -19900.00 20100.00 80700.00 -81000.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change 4900.00 -6300.00 99100.00 -75000.00 Persons [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.50 65.60 65.80 60.10 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.50 13.20 20.10 7.60 percent [+]
Productivity 100.20 100.80 104.21 58.20 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 101.20 100.50 102.50 45.40 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 220.80 210.80 220.80 28.40 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 177084.00 177084.00 258088.59 69799.00 [+]
Wages 1191.50 1179.00 1191.50 59.10 AUD/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.10 2.00 4.30 1.90 percent [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 1309.40 1309.40 1309.40 333.00 AUD/Week [+]
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 65.50 65.50 62.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.50 65.50 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 61.90 62.00 62.90 54.00 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 April of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.50 5.50 11.20 4.00 1978 - 2018 percent Monthly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.55 Dec/17
Brazil 12.60 Feb/18
Italy 10.90 Feb/18
Turkey 10.80 Jan/18
France 8.90 Dec/17
Euro Area 8.50 Feb/18
Canada 5.80 Mar/18
Australia 5.50 Mar/18
Indonesia 5.50 Sep/17
Russia 5.00 Mar/18
United Kingdom 4.20 Feb/18
United States 4.10 Mar/18
South Korea 4.00 Mar/18
China 3.90 Dec/17
Netherlands 3.90 Mar/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.50 Feb/18
Mexico 3.20 Feb/18
Switzerland 2.90 Mar/18
Japan 2.50 Feb/18


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