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Australia Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Aug 31, 2022
Actual
3.5
Units In
%
Previous
3.4
Frequency
Monthly
Next Release
Oct 20, 2022
Time to Release
20 Days 16 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
11.2
Dec 1992
3.4
Jul 2022
6.72 %1978-2022Australian Bureau of Statistics
In Australia, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.

Latest Updates

Australia's unemployment rate was at 3.5% in August 2022, compared with July's record low and market estimates of 3.4%, pointing to the first increase in ten months. The number of unemployed increased by 14,000 to 487,700, with the number of people looking for full-time jobs rising by 15,500 to 332,100, while those part-time work decreased by 1,400 to 155,600. Meantime, employment climbed by 33,500 to a fresh top of 13.59 million, compared with forecasts of a 35 thousand rise, as full-time employment increased by 58,800 to 9,468,500 while part-time employment fell by 25,300 to 4,123,600. The participation rate grew to 66.6% from 66.4% in July which matched consensus. The underemployment rate inched down to 5.9% from 6.0%; while the underutilization was unchanged at 9.4%, staying at its lowest since April 1982. Monthly hours worked in all jobs rose by 14 million to 1,854 million hours.

Australia Unemployment Rate History

Last 12 readings

Australia Labour Indicators

All Australia indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Employment Change
33,500
Aug 2022
-41,000
Jul 2022
-591,769
Apr 2020
366,100
Nov 2021
PersonsMonthly1978-2022
Employment Rate
64.28
Aug 2022
64.17
Jul 2022
54
Apr 1983
64.42
Jun 2022
%Monthly1978-2022
Full Time Employment
58,800
Aug 2022
-86,900
Jul 2022
-225,366
Apr 2020
128,300
Nov 2021
PersonsMonthly1978-2022
Job Advertisements
242,300.69
Aug 2022
237,647.9
Jul 2022
54,636.46
May 2020
255,892.88
Apr 2008
Monthly1999-2022
Job Vacancies
480.1
Jun 2022
423.5
Mar 2022
26.8
Sep 1982
480.1
Jun 2022
ThousandQuarterly1979-2022
Labor Force Participation Rate
66.6
Aug 2022
66.4
Jul 2022
60.1
Apr 1983
66.8
Jun 2022
%Monthly1978-2022
Labour Costs
105.9
Mar 2022
105.4
Dec 2021
42.1
Sep 1985
106.2
Sep 2021
PointsQuarterly1985-2022
Minimum Wages
812.5
Jul 2022
772.6
Jul 2021
522.12
Oct 2007
812.5
Jul 2022
AUD/weekYearly2007-2022
Part Time Employment
-25,300
Aug 2022
46,000
Jul 2022
-366,403
Apr 2020
251,833
Jun 2020
PersonsMonthly1978-2022
Population
25.77
Dec 2021
25.68
Dec 2020
10.39
Dec 1960
25.77
Dec 2021
MillionYearly1960-2021
Productivity
104.9
Mar 2022
103
Dec 2021
55.3
Jun 1979
104.9
Mar 2022
PointsQuarterly1978-2022
Retirement Age Men
66.5
Dec 2022
66
Dec 2020
65
Dec 2009
66.5
Dec 2022
Yearly2009-2022
Retirement Age Women
66.5
Dec 2022
66
Dec 2020
62
Dec 2009
66.5
Dec 2022
Yearly2009-2022
Unemployed Persons
487.68
Aug 2022
473.65
Jul 2022
364.69
Jun 1981
1,007.9
Jul 2020
ThousandMonthly1978-2022
Unemployment Rate
3.5
Aug 2022
3.4
Jul 2022
3.4
Jul 2022
11.2
Dec 1992
%Monthly1978-2022
Wage Growth
2.6
Jun 2022
2.4
Mar 2022
1.4
Sep 2020
4.3
Jun 2008
%Quarterly1998-2022
Wages
1,344.7
Jun 2022
1,328.9
Dec 2021
59.1
Sep 1969
1,344.7
Jun 2022
AUD/WeekQuarterly1969-2022
Wages In Manufacturing
1,464.5
Jun 2022
1,462
Dec 2021
333
Dec 1983
1,464.5
Jun 2022
AUD/WeekQuarterly1983-2022
Youth Unemployment Rate
7.03
Jul 2022
7.88
Jun 2022
7.03
Jul 2022
20.1
Oct 1992
%Monthly1978-2022

Unemployment Rate across Pacific

Unemployment Rate global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Australia
3.5
Aug 2022
3.4
Jul 2022
3.4
Jul 2022
11.2
Dec 1992
% Monthly1978-2022
Fiji
5.2
Dec 2021
4.8
Dec 2020
3.6
Dec 2008
9.4
Dec 1988
% Yearly1982-2021
New Caledonia
16.5
Dec 2020
10.9
Dec 2019
10.9
Dec 2019
19.2
Dec 1993
% Yearly1989-2020
New Zealand
3.3
Jun 2022
3.2
Mar 2022
3.2
Dec 2021
11.2
Sep 1991
% Quarterly1985-2022
Papua New Guinea
2.8
Dec 2021
2.7
Dec 2020
2.4
Dec 2007
2.9
Dec 2000
% Yearly1991-2021

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