By Juliano Oliveira
Australia’s employment levels have risen in December 2020, led by a significant boost in Queensland’s job market, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The sunshine state had employed 2,579,900 workers in December, an increase of 1.4% in relation to the previous month. The Northern Territory (0.7%), Victoria (0.4%) and Tasmania (0.3%) came next.
Between November and December, seasonally adjusted employment increased by 50,000 people. Compared to March, the number is 88,000 lower but still 784,000 higher than May.
“Employment finished the year 0.7 per cent below the March level, having fallen 6.7 per cent, or 872,000 people, between March and May,” Bjorn Jarvis, head of labour statistics at the ABS, said.
“Although employment has recovered 90 per cent of the fall from March to May, the recovery in part-time jobs has outpaced full-time employment. While part-time work was higher than March, full-time employment was 1.3 per cent below March.
“The recovery in hours worked has been slower than the recovery in employment.”
The unemployment figures decreased by 30,000 people in December, a rate decline of 0.2 percentage points to 6.6%.
The participation rate – representing the labour force as a proportion of the civilian population aged 15 years and over – rose by a further 0.1 percentage points to a new high of 66.2%.
“The rise in the participation rate reflects a net increase of around 20,000 people in the labour force in December. There were 108,000 more people in the labour force than in March – 196,000 more unemployed people and 88,000 fewer employed people,” Mr Jarvis said.
The youth unemployment rate dropped 1.7 percentage points to 13.9% in December, and the youth participation rate fell 1.1 percentage points to 68.6%.