Australia Unemployment March 2016


Australia: Unemployment rate inches down in March

April 13, 2016

In March, the labor market gained 26,100 jobs compared to the previous month, in seasonally-adjusted terms. The increase was a drastic improvement over February’s revised 700 jobs lost (previously reported: -300 jobs month-on-month). The number of new positions overshot market expectations by 6,100 jobs. March’s result was driven by an increase in the number of part-time jobs, offsetting a decrease in the number of full-time jobs. The number of part-time positions grew by 34,900 jobs (February: -14,700 jobs), while the number of full-time positions fell by 8,800 jobs (February: +13,900 jobs).

The labor market participation rate was steady in March at February’s 64.9%. The unemployment rate inched down from 5.8% in February to 5.7% in March.

FocusEconomics panelists expect the unemployment rate to average 5.7% in 2016, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. In 2017, the panel expects that the unemployment rate also will be 5.7%.

Author:, Economist

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Australia Unemployment March 2016

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

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