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Australia – Jobs growth continues in June quarter 2019

10 September 2019

The number of filled jobs in Australia grew by 2.4% on a seasonally adjusted basis in the June quarter of 2019 when compared to the same period last year, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

This followed a smaller increase in the March quarter of 0.2%.

When compared to the previous quarter, filled jobs in Australia grew by 0.5%.

The total number of jobs in Australia increased by 66,300 (or 0.5%), made up of a decrease of 1,000 job vacancies and an increase of 67,400 filled jobs. 

Of the 67,400 filled jobs, data from the Bureau showed that jobs worked as a person’s main job increased by 101,800 and secondary jobs decreased by 34,400 secondary jobs.

ABS Chief Economist Bruce Hockman, commented, “This was the second quarter in a row that we have seen a decline in the number of secondary jobs, down from the recent high in December 2018.”
The proportion of secondary jobs as a percentage of total filled jobs was 6.6% in the June quarter 2019, down further from the recent high of 7.2% in December quarter 2018.
The industry with the largest increase in the number of filled jobs was education and training, followed by administrative and support services.

The total number of employed persons reached 13.3 million in the June quarter of 2019. At the same time, there were 705,000 unemployed persons in the June quarter 2019, an increase of 26,000 persons from the previous quarter.

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