Australia Unemployment January 2018


Australia: Labor market remains robust in January, supported by part-time employment growth

February 15, 2018

Seasonally-adjusted employment increased by 16,000 jobs in January compared to the prior month, down from the previous month’s revised increase of 33,500 (previously reported: +34,700) but still overshooting market analysts’ expectations for a 15,000 gain. The rise was driven by an increase of 65,900 jobs in part-time employment, which outweighed a decrease in full-time employment of 49,800.

The labor market participation rate, as expected by market analysts, was marginally lower in January, inching down from December’s multi-year high of 65.7% to 65.6%. This, coupled with employment growth, led the unemployment rate to edge down from a revised 5.6% in December (previously reported: 5.5%) to 5.5% in January. All in all, despite the slightly lower unemployment rate, it appears that after a strong year in 2017, Australia’s robust labor market eased in January.

Australia Unemployment Forecast

FocusEconomics panelists expect the unemployment rate to average 5.4% in 2018, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast, and 5.3% in 2019.

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Australia Unemployment January 2018 1

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

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