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Australia Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Nov 2021
Actual
4.6 %
Forecast
4.5 %
Previous
5.2 %
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
%
Next Release
Jan 20, 2022
Time to Release
2 Days 23 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
11.2 %
Dec 1992
4 %
Aug 2008
6.77 %1978 - 2021Australian 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 seasonally adjusted unemployment declined to 4.6% in November 2021 from 5.2% a month earlier and below market estimates of 5%, as COVID-19 lockdowns were lifted. The number of unemployed fell by 69,400 to 636,700, as the number of people looking for full-time work dropped by 40,600 to 419,000, and those looking for only part-time work fell 28,800 to 217,700. Meanwhile, employment increased 366,100 to a record high of 13.17 million, easily beating market forecasts of a 205,000 gain, with part-time employment increasing by 237,800 and full-time employment rising by 128,300. The participation rate advanced 1.4 points to 66.1 percent, beating estimates of 65.5. The underemployment rate was down 2 points to 7.5 percent, and the underutilization rate decreased 2.6 points to 12.1 percent. Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased by 77 million, or 4.5 percent, to 1,801 million hours.

Australia Unemployment Rate History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
Dec 16, 202100:51Australia Jobless Rate Falls to 4.6%
Nov 11, 202100:54Australia Jobless Rate Highest in 6 Months
Oct 14, 202100:54Australia Jobless Rate Little Changed
Sep 16, 202102:04Australia Jobless Rate Lowest in Near 14 Years
Aug 19, 202101:52Australia Jobless Rate Falls to 13-1/2-Year Low
Jul 15, 202101:39Australia Jobless Rate Lowest in a Decade
Jan 23, 202009:29Australia Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Falls to 9-Month Low
DATETIMEEVENTActual
Dec 16, 202100:30Unemployment Rate4.6 %
Nov 11, 202100:30Unemployment Rate5.2 %
Oct 14, 202100:30Unemployment Rate4.6 %
Nov 14, 201900:30Unemployment Rate5.3 %
Oct 17, 201900:30Unemployment Rate5.2 %
Sep 19, 201901:30Unemployment Rate5.3 %
Aug 15, 201901:30Unemployment Rate5.2 %

Australia labour Indicators

All Australia indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Employment Change
366,100
Nov 2021
-56,000
Oct 2021
-607,400
Apr 2020
366,100
Nov 2021
PersonsMonthly1978 - 2021
Employment Rate
61.5
Sep 2021
62.2
Aug 2021
54
Apr 1983
63
Jun 2021
%Monthly1978 - 2021
Full Time Employment
128,300
Nov 2021
-40,400
Oct 2021
-235,900
Apr 2020
128,300
Nov 2021
PersonsMonthly1978 - 2021
Minimum Wages
772.6
Jul 2021
753.8
Jul 2020
522.12
Oct 2007
772.6
Jul 2021
AUD/weekYearly2007 - 2021
Part Time Employment
237,800
Nov 2021
-8,800
Oct 2021
-371,472
Apr 2020
252,005
Jun 2020
PersonsMonthly1978 - 2021
Job Advertisements
212,098
Dec 2022
212,098.2
Dec 2021
63,112.34
Apr 2020
258,085.47
Apr 2008
Monthly1999 - 2022

Unemployment Rate across Pacific

Unemployment Rate global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Australia
4.6
Nov 2021
5.2
Oct 2021
4
Aug 2008
11.2
Dec 1992
%Monthly1978 - 2021
Fiji
4.8
Dec 2020
4.2
Dec 2019
3.6
Dec 2008
9.4
Dec 1988
%Yearly1982 - 2020
New Caledonia
16.5
Dec 2020
10.9
Dec 2019
10.9
Dec 2019
19.2
Dec 1993
%Yearly1989 - 2020
New Zealand
3.4
Sep 2021
4
Jun 2021
3.3
Dec 2007
11.2
Sep 1991
%Quarterly1985 - 2021
Papua New Guinea
2.7
Dec 2020
2.4
Dec 2019
2.4
Dec 2017
2.9
Dec 2000
%Yearly1991 - 2020

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