2.498 million Australians (18.9%) now unemployed or under-employed

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 12-Oct-17

A Roy Morgan survey shows that 1.202 million Australians were unemployed (9.1% of the workforce) in September, an increase of 101,000 (up 0.6%) on a year ago. In addition, 1.296 million Australians (9.8% of the workforce) are now under-employed and looking for work or looking for more work, up a significant 294,000 (2.1%) in a year. In total, 2.498 million (18.9%) Australians were unemployed or under-employed in September – marking two whole years in which more than two million Australians have been looking for work or looking for more work. The figures also show that 11,972,000 Australians were employed in September – an increase of 143,000 over the past year. The Roy Morgan real unemployment figures are substantially higher than the current ABS estimate of 5.6% for August. Roy Morgan Research executive chairman Gary Morgan says the Roy Morgan employment estimates have consistently shown that the Australian economy is generating new jobs, but the increase in employment is heavily concentrated in part-time rather than full-time jobs – and that trend has continued.


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