Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 4-Jun-18
A Roy Morgan survey shows that 12,415,000 Australians were employed in May 2018, an increase of 355,000 over the last year. The increase was driven by full-time employment, which rose 307,000 to 7,859,000; part-time employment was up 48,000 to 4,286,000. The figures also show that 1,316,000 million Australians were unemployed (9.8% of the workforce) in May, an increase of 32,000 (unchanged in percentage terms) on a year ago. In addition, 1,251,000 Australians (9.3% of the workforce) are now under-employed, working part-time and looking for more work, a fall of 87,000 in a year (down 0.9%). Roy Morgan’s real unemployment figure of 9.8% for May is substantially higher than the current ABS estimate for April of 5.6%. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says the Fair Work Commission’s decision to raise the minimum wage by 3.5% to almost $720 per week was based on the misleading ABS unemployment figure that under-states the "true" level of unemployment and under-employment in Australia. In future the FWC needs to consider the more accurate Roy Morgan employment figures that consistently records that there are more than 2.5 million Australians looking for work or looking for more work.
ROY MORGAN LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK COMMISSION