Australia Unemployment July 2016


Australia: Strong job creation reduces unemployment in July

August 18, 2016

The labor market gained 26,200 jobs in July compared to the previous month in seasonally-adjusted terms. The increase was an improvement on June’s revised 10,800 jobs gained (previously reported: +7,900 jobs). The number of new positions beat market expectations of an 11,000 increase. July’s result reflected a strong increase in the number of part-time jobs, which grew by 71,600 (June: -33,200). The number of full-time positions, however, fell by 45,400 (June: +44,000).

In July, the labor market participation rate remained at June’s 64.9%. The unemployment rate inched down to 5.7% in July (June: 5.8%).

FocusEconomics panelists expect the unemployment rate to average 5.7% in 2016, up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. In 2017, the panel expects the unemployment rate to remain stable at 5.7%.

Author:, Economist

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Australia Unemployment July 2016

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

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