Australia’s unemployment rate increases in September

Australia’s unemployment rate has ticked up slightly with almost 30,000 jobs lost in the last month.

The jobless rate rose from 6.8 per cent in August to 6.9 per cent in September.

Experts had been predicting it would increase to 7.1 per cent.


A total of 29,500 jobs were shed from the economy last month.

Of those, 20,100 were full-time positions, while 9,400 were part-time positions.

The number of people looking for work also fell slightly with the participation rate down from 64.9 per cent to 64.8 per cent.

The total number of people officially classed as unemployed rose by 11,300 in September to 937,400.

Youth unemployment also increased by 0.4 points to 14.5 per cent.

Queensland has recorded the highest unemployment rate in the country, going from a revised 7.4 per cent in August to 7.7 per cent in September.

Tasmania experienced a sharp jump in unemployment with its jobless rate increasing from 6.3 per cent to 7.6 per cent.

The unemployment rate in New South Wales rose 0.5 points to 7.2 per cent, while South Australia’s fell by 1 point to 6.7 per cent.

Despite Victoria’s lockdown, it’s unemployment rate fell by 0.5 points to 6.7 per cent while Western Australia’s was down by 0.4 points to 6.7 per cent.