Unemployment in December is 9.7% and under-employment is 8.8%

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 21-Jan-19

Australian unemployment of 9.7% (down 0.1%) and under-employment of 8.8% (down 0.8%), are both down on a year ago, driving a 0.9% fall in overall labour under-utilisation to 18.5% (2.5 million). This is according to the latest employment data from Roy Morgan, which shows that the workforce, which comprises employed Australians and those who are unemployed and looking for work, is now 13,376,000, down 34,000 on a year ago. The decrease in employment was driven by a drop in part-time employment of 89,000 to 4,115,000. An increase in full-time employment of 65,000 to 7,959,000 wasn’t enough to offset this drop. Roy Morgan’s real unemployment figure of 9.7% for December is significantly higher than the current Australian Bureau of Statistics estimate for November 2018 of 5.1%.


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