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Labour market information and statistics​

Keep abreast of latest monthly South Australian labour force statistics to inform your workforce decisions.

These figures will be updated every month as new data received.

South Australian labour force indicators

(Trend) March 2014

Total employment:  796,400 - fell by 400 (0.1%)
Unemployed people:  59,400 - rose by 900 (1.5%)
Headline unemployment:  7.1% - rose by 0.4 of a percentage point (seasonally adjusted)
Participation rate:  62.0% - unchanged

Regional unemployment rates

(Year to) March 2014*

 Statistical region  Total  Youth 
 Greater Adelaide  6.5%  14.6%
 Adelaide - Central and Hills:  4.9%  10.0%
 Adelaide - North  8.0%  19.2%
 Adelaide - South  6.3%  14.2%
 Adelaide - West  6.5%  13.3%
 Rest of South Australia  6.6%  12.1%
 Barossa-Yorke-Mid North  7.0%  17.5%
 South Australia - Outback  6.8%  16.2%
 South Australia - South East  6.3%  7.0%
 TOTAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  6.5%  14.1%

 

*The total unemployment rate applies to people 15 years and over, and the youth unemployment rate refers to people aged 15-24 years of age. Data has been averaged over the year to minimise the impact of seasonal and irregular factors.

*The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has made changes to its regional labour force estimates.  From 20 February 2014, the ABS will publish total unemployment rates for people aged 15 to 24 years rather than the full-time unemployment rate for people aged 15 to 19 years.  In addition, regional labour force estimates will now be released using the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) definitions rather than the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).  These changes mean that regional labour force estimates from 20 February 2014 are not comparable to releases prior to this date.

Young people's labour market participation

March 2014

Key statistics relating to the learning activities of young South Australians aged 15 to 24 years of age:

Studying full-time: 117,400 (53.2%), are studying full-time as their main activity (excludes those working full-time)
Working full-time: 51,700  (23.4%)
Unemployed and
seeking full-time work:
13,800 (full-time unemployment to population ratio 6.3%. National ratio is 4.8%)
Unemployment rate:

21.1% full-time unemployment rate.
Compared with 14.8% nationally.

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