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Australia Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Aug 2021
Actual
4.5 %
Forecast
5.2 %
Previous
4.6 %
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
%
Next Release
Oct 15, 2021
Time to Release
17 Days 1 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
11.2 %
Dec 1992
4 %
Aug 2008
6.78 %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 rate unexpectedly edged down to 4.5% in August 2021 from 4.6% in June and compared with market consensus of 4.9%. This was the tenth straight month of fall in the jobless rate and the lowest reading since November 2008, as the economy recovered further from the COVID-19 hit. The number of unemployed declined 21,900 to 617.1 thousand, as people looking for full-time work decreased 24,500 to 413,500, while those looking for only part-time added 2,700 to 203,600. Meantime, employment fell 146,300 to 13.02 million, worse than forecasts of a 90,000 decline, with full-time employment decreasing 6,800. and part-time employment declining 78,200. The participation rate was down 0.8 points to 65.2 percent, below estimates of 65.7. The underemployment rate rose 1.0 points to 9.3 percent, and the underutilization rate gained 0.9 points to 13.8 percent. Monthly hours worked in all jobs dropped 66 million, or 3.7 percent, to 1,714 million hours.

Australia Unemployment Rate History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
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
Dec 19, 201910:32Australia Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Falls
Nov 14, 201901:29Australia Jobless Rate Inches Higher to 5.3% in October
Oct 17, 201901:09Australia Jobless Rate Below Estimates in September
DATETIMEEVENTActual
Nov 14, 201900:30Unemployment Rate5.3 %
Oct 17, 201900:30Unemployment Rate5.2 %
Sep 19, 201901:30Unemployment Rate5.3 %
Aug 15, 201901:30Unemployment Rate5.2 %
Jul 18, 201901:30Unemployment Rate5.2 %
Jun 13, 201901:30Unemployment Rate5.2 %

Australia labour Indicators

All Australia indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Employment Change
-146,300
Aug 2021
3,100
Jul 2021
-607,400
Apr 2020
228,300
Jun 2020
PersonsMonthly1978 - 2021
Employment Rate
62.9
Jul 2021
63
Jun 2021
54
Apr 1983
63
Jun 2021
%Monthly1978 - 2021
Full Time Employment
-68,000
Aug 2021
-4,200
Jul 2021
-235,900
Apr 2020
97,500
May 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
-78,200
Aug 2021
8,100
Jul 2021
-371,472
Apr 2020
252,005
Jun 2020
PersonsMonthly1978 - 2021
Job Advertisements
159,156
Dec 2021
195,995
Aug 2021
63,112.34
Apr 2020
258,085.47
Apr 2008
Monthly1999 - 2021

Unemployment Rate across Pacific

Unemployment Rate global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Australia
4.5
Aug 2021
4.6
Jul 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
4
Jun 2021
4.7
Mar 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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