Strong Growth in Part Time Employment Contributes to an Improvement in Australia’s Unemployment Rate


Rate in April 2017The latest monthly labour force release by the ABS outlines there were marginal improvements in Australia’s seasonally adjusted employment and unemployment rates, whilst the participation rate remained steady.

The number of employed persons increased by approximately 37,400 in the past month to reach 12.1 million in April 2017, with a decrease of 11,600 in full-time employment offset by an increase of 49,000 in part-time employment. Between April 2016 and April 2017, the number of employed persons increased by 1.3%. The unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points over last month to reach 5.7%, to be in line with the unemployment rate in April last year. The participation rate remained steady at 64.8%, the same as last month and April last year.

Additional details regarding the latest ABS labour force data statistics are available from: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/mediareleasesbyCatalogue/46DFE12FCDB783D9CA256B740082AA6C?OpenDocument