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Unemployment rate in Australia 2019 by state

Tasmania had the highest unemployment rate among all states in Australia with 7 percent of those eligible to work jobs not in employment. Western Australia had the second highest unemployment rate, which is partially due to the slowdown in the mining boom that started in the early 2000s, when companies offered generous wages and employment conditions that drove many workers to the western Australian state.

Unemployment Figures

  Australian unemployment figures have remained relatively stable, hovering between four to six percent for some time. Unemployment levels and the economy have regularly been a priority of the Australian government and unemployment remains a key political platform for the major parties during elections. However, long-term unemployment is a growing concern as this figure has been steadily increasing in recent years, almost doubling in number since 2009.

Unemployment among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  The employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders in Australia remains a key indicator for the inequality that still exists. These figures remain high, especially among Aboriginal youths aged 15 to 24 years old, with almost one-fifth who are out of regular employment as of 2015. This meant that more than 25 thousand Aboriginal youths were out of work and struggling to find employment in that year.

Unemployment rate in Australia as of January 2019, by state

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

as of January 2019

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persons aged 15 years or older

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