The Australian Labour Market Update provides quarterly updates to inform people interested in working in Australia on a temporary or permanent basis. This October 2020 update shows that from March to August 2020 employment fell by 413,600 people and an additional 185,200 people left the labour force. From August 2019 to August 2020, the overall unemployment rate increased from 5.2% to 6.8%.
The unemployment rate for people who migrate to Australia varies, and data consistently shows recently arrived migrants have a higher unemployment rate on average than those who have lived in Australia for some years. Several factors influence migrant unemployment rates including skill level, age, English proficiency, recent and relevant work experience, and the period since arrival in Australia.
Migrants also have diverse unemployment experiences. For the 12 months to August 2020, people born in North-West Europe (5.0%) and Southern and Eastern Europe (5.8%) have relatively low unemployment rates, while unemployment rates for people born in North Africa and the Middle East (11.0%) and Southern and Central Asia (7.1%) are relatively high.
People considering migrating to Australia may use the Australian Labour Market Update to inform their potential employment areas and industries. For example, the occupation group of aged and disabled carers grew by 34.9% between May 2015 and May 2020.
Aged and disabled carers assist and care for aged or disabled persons by offering a range of support services in the community, in residential aged care facilities, and in residential dwellings. Most aged and disabled carers are employed in the health care and social assistance industry (88.1%), with the remainder in public administration and safety (6.4%) and administrative and support services (2.5%).
Additionally, while all states and territories, except the Northern Territory and Tasmania, experienced employment falls – New South Wales (4.3% to 6.7%), Victoria (4.9% to 7.1%), Western Australia (5.8% to 7.0%), Queensland (6.3% to 7.4%), South Australia (7.3% to 8.1%) and the ACT (3.6% to 4.0%) – aged and disabled carers are employed in all states and territories in Australia. In August 2020, New South Wales accounted for 28.1% of total employment of aged and disabled carers, followed by Victoria (22.8%).
People considering migrating to Australia may consider reviewing the Department of Home Affairs website to gain information about visa programs and COVID-19 migration measures announced by the Australian Government.
Read the full Australian Labour Market Update – October 2020.