Release type: Media Release


Labour force figures - September


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment
Minister for Women
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service

Minister for Employment Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said today’s labour force results confirmed the growing underlying strength in the jobs market, with the Australian economy maintaining a jobs growth rate significantly above the decade average.

The ABS data showed there have been 160,300 jobs created to date this year – the highest number of jobs created in a nine month period the economy has seen in the last five years.

Over the past year the Australian economy has added 230,100 new jobs. The data also showed youth unemployment has fallen by 12,800 over the past twelve months.

Furthermore, female employment rose by 8,100 in September 2015, to stand at a record high of 5,427,300.

Minister Cash acknowledged that at 6.2% the headline unemployment rate remains too high and underlines the necessity to implement the Coalition’s comprehensive economic plan to grow the economy and take advantage of the opportunities before us.

"Two years ago, we came into Government with a list of commitments to create jobs by boosting productivity, supporting small business and eliminating unnecessary red tape burdens," Minister Cash said.

"We are working our way through implementing those commitments and the data shows that as we are given the opportunity to implement our agenda we are seeing stronger jobs growth."

"The Coalition Government will continue to focus on increasing workforce participation, investing in vital infrastructure, finalising and implementing historic free trade agreements and assisting the unemployed back into the workforce through the new jobactive employment services programme."