Australia Unemployment October 2019


Australia: Employment falls at sharpest rate in three years in October

December 4, 2019

Seasonally-adjusted employment dropped by 19,000 in October, following a revised 12,500 job addition in August (previously reported: +14,700). October’s result disappointed market expectations of a 15,000 jobs addition and was driven by a contraction of both full-time and part-time employment.

Seasonally-adjusted unemployment inched up to 5.3% in October, reversing September’s dip, which had marked the first drop since February. Moreover, the seasonally-adjusted under-employment rate increased to 8.5% in October, from 8.3% in September, while the seasonally-adjusted participation rate inched down 0.1 percentage points to 66.0% in October.

FocusEconomics panelists expect the unemployment rate to average 5.2% in 2020, unchanged from last month’s estimate, and also 5.2% in 2021.

Author: Massimo Bassetti, Senior Economist

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Australia Unemployment October 2019

Note: Seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in % and new jobs in thousands.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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