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

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unexpectedly edged up to 5.6 percent in April of 2018 from 5.5 percent in the prior month while markets expected 5.5 percent. It is the highest jobless rate since last July, as the economy added 22,600 jobs while the number of unemployed increased by 10,600. 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 Rises to 9-Month High of 5.6%


Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unexpectedly edged up to 5.6 percent in April of 2018 from 5.5 percent in the prior month while markets expected 5.5 percent. It is the highest jobless rate since last July, as the economy added 22,600 jobs while the number of unemployed increased by 10,600.

In April, the number of unemployed went up by 10,600  to 741,000, as those looking for full-time work decreased by 17,100 to 506,100, while those looking for only part-time work rose by 27,600 to 234,900.

Employment increased by 22,600 to 12,501,000, above estimates of an increase of 20,000. Full-time employment increased by 32,700 to 8,543,400, while part-time employment dropped by 10,000 to 3.957,700. 

The labour force participation rate inched up to 65.6 percent from 65.5 percent in a month earlier and beating expectations of 65.5 percent. 

Seasonally adjusted monthly hours worked in all jobs increased by 19.4 million hours (1.11 percent) to 1,764.0 million hours. Meantime, the seasonally adjusted employment to population ratio remained steady at 61.9 percent in April.


ABS l Rida | rida@tradingeconomics.com
5/17/2018 1:50:45 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
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 5.6% 5.5% 5.5% 5.5%
2018-06-15 01:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.6% 5.4%
2018-07-20 01:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.5%
2018-08-17 01:30 AM Unemployment Rate 5.5%


Australia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.60 5.50 11.20 4.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 12501.00 12478.40 12501.00 5997.95 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 741.00 730.40 959.90 364.53 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -10017.00 24416.00 72419.00 -73133.00 Persons [+]
Full Time Employment 32700.00 -25100.00 76200.00 -81000.00 Persons [+]
Employment Change 22600.00 -700.00 99100.00 -75000.00 Persons [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.60 65.50 65.80 60.10 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.60 12.40 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 176418.43 176839.93 258093.41 69799.00 [+]
Wages 1191.50 1179.00 1191.50 59.10 AUD/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.10 2.10 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 24.70 24.13 24.70 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 May of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.60 5.50 11.20 4.00 1978 - 2018 percent Monthly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.74 Mar/18
Brazil 13.10 Mar/18
Italy 11.00 Mar/18
Turkey 10.60 Feb/18
France 9.20 Mar/18
Euro Area 8.50 Mar/18
Canada 5.80 Apr/18
Australia 5.60 Apr/18
Indonesia 5.13 Mar/18
Russia 4.90 Apr/18
United Kingdom 4.20 Mar/18
Netherlands 3.90 Apr/18
United States 3.90 Apr/18
China 3.89 Mar/18
South Korea 3.80 Apr/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.40 Mar/18
Mexico 2.90 Mar/18
Switzerland 2.70 Apr/18
Japan 2.50 Mar/18


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