Unemployment rate in SA rising while national rate remains stable

The unemployment rate in South Australia has risen to 4.3 percent – the highest in the nation.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released today shows that South Australia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 4.3 percent, up from 3.9 percent in August.

The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.5 percent.

The state’s unemployment rate, which measures part-time workers who want more hours and full-time workers who don’t work full-time, rose marginally by 0.2 points to 6.8 percent.

The number of workers in South Australia fell 1 percent from 893,500 to 884,800 – the largest percentage drop in the country.

The employment rate in South Australia, which measures the percentage of people in or seeking work, fell to 62.7 percent, compared to 63.1 percent in August.

The national participation rate remained unchanged at 66.6 percent.

The unemployment rate of 4.3 percent in South Australia is now the highest in the nation. Tasmania, which previously had the highest rate at 5 percent, recorded a 0.7 percentage point drop in unemployment in September.

The unemployment rate in the Northern Territory also improved from 4.5 percent in August to 4 percent in September.

The average unemployment rate in South Australia this year is 4.5 percent, peaking at 5 percent in February and a low of 3.9 percent in August.

Nationally, about 900 jobs were added this month, compared to 33,500 in August.

“With a slight increase in employment, by about 1,000 people, and an increase in the number of unemployed by 9,000, the unemployment rate rose by less than 0.1 percentage point, but remained rounded at 3.5 percent,” said Bjorn Jarvis, head labor statistics from ABS.

The ACT has the lowest unemployment rate in the country (3.1 percent), followed by New South Wales (3.3 percent), Western Australia (3.4 percent) and Victoria (3.5 percent).


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