Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate elevated 0.1 per cent in September to 4.6 per cent, defying expectations that lockdowns in Victoria and New South Wales would see it balloon to at the very least 4.8 per cent.
In SA, the unemployment rate elevated 0.1 per cent from 5 per cent in August as the entire variety of folks in work within the state fell by about 600 to 873,500.
However, the variety of folks in full-time work in SA in September fell by 2300 to 567,200 from a document 569,500 in August.
The rise within the jobless rate sees South Australia regain the mantle of Australia’s highest unemployment rate – a tag it has held for six of the 9 months reported by the ABS thus far this yr – however not since June.
The underemployment rate in SA additionally elevated to eight.4 per cent in September whereas the participation rate, which measures the variety of folks both in work or searching for it – was flat at 63 per cent.
South Australia’s youth unemployment jumped from 9.2 per cent in August to 11 per cent in September.
In different states, Western Australia and the ACT had the bottom general unemployment charges at 4.1 per cent adopted by the Northern Territory (4.2 per cent), NSW (4.6 per cent), Victoria, Tasmania (each 4.8 per cent) and Queensland (4.9 per cent).
Nationally, falling participation charges in Victoria and NSW brought about the nationwide participation rate to fall to 64.5 per cent.
The youth unemployment rate in Australia elevated 0.3 per cent to 10.5 per cent.
Head of labour statistics on the ABS Bjorn Jarvis mentioned there have been 111,000 fewer employed folks throughout Australia in September 2021 than in March 2020.
He mentioned whole hours labored had additionally fallen two per cent within the 18-month interval.
“Extended lockdowns in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have seen employment and hours worked both drop back below their pre-pandemic levels,” Jarvis mentioned.
“In September, there have been giant falls in employment in Victoria (123,000 folks) and New South Wales (25,000 folks, following the 173,000 decline in August). This was partly offset by a 31,000 improve in Queensland, as situations there recovered from the lockdown in early August.
“The low nationwide unemployment rate continues to replicate decreased participation throughout the current lockdowns, moderately than robust labour market situations.
“Over the past three months, participation in the labour force has fallen by over 330,000 people, with employment falling by 281,000 people and unemployment falling by 53,000 people. Beyond people losing their jobs, or working reduced or no hours, we continue to see how challenging it is for people without work to remain active within the labour market during lockdowns.”
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