New figures released by the ABS show occupied jobs in Australia grew by 0.5% in the June quarter 2019 and 2.4% over the year. This followed a smaller increase of 0.2% in the March quarter.
Overall, filled jobs increased by 67,400 in the quarter, with jobs worked as a person’s main form of employment increasing by 101,800 and secondary jobs decreasing by 34,400. This is the second quarter in a row there has been a decline in the number of secondary jobs with the total filled jobs being at 6.6% in the June quarter 2019, down from a high of 7.2% in December 2018.
Filled jobs in the construction industry dropped two places this quarter, relative to other industries, and it is now the fifth largest industry for filled jobs. The industry with the largest increase in the number of filled jobs was Education and training, followed by Administrative and support services.
The number of job vacancies decreased over the quarter, while the measure of job vacancies as a proportion of total jobs remained at a high of 1.7% for a fifth consecutive quarter.