Aust jobless rate 5.2% in Nov
Australia's unemployment rate fell to a three-month low of 5.2 per cent in November from 5.4 per cent in October, official figures show.
Total employment rose 13,900 to 11.546 million in the month, according to the seasonally adjusted figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Thursday.
The forecast was for total employment to fall by 5,000 in November with the unemployment rate at 5.5 per cent, according to the median of 14 market economists surveyed by AAP.
Full-time employment fell by 4,200 to 8.132 million in November and part-time employment was up 18,100 to 3.414 million.
The November participation rate was 65.1 per cent, compared with 65.2 per cent in October.
The November participation rate was forecast to be 65.1 per cent.
(millions) November October Year ago
Full-time employed 8.132 8.137 8.007
Part-time employed 3.414 3.396 3.418
Total employed 11.546 11.532 11.425
Unemployed 637,400 653,600 628,300
Unemployment rate 5.2 pct 5.4 pct 5.2 pct
Participation rate 65.1 pct 65.2 pct 65.5 pct
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