Australian Jobs 2021
Australian Capital Territory
Top employing industries in the Australian Capital Territory
|Employ’t May 2021||Share of total||5 year change to May 2021|
|Public Administration and Safety||66.2||28||-1.2||-1.8|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||32.3||14||9.2||40.1|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||30.1||13||6.4||26.8|
|Education and Training||19.4||8||4.6||31.2|
|Accommodation and Food Services||13.9||6||0.9||7.3|
|Administrative and Support Services||6.2||3||0.3||5.6|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||5.8||2||-1.5||-20.3|
|Arts and Recreation Services||5.6||2||1.0||22.7|
|Financial and Insurance Services||3.2||1||-2.4||-42.7|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||2.9||1||0.0||-1.3|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||1.4||1||0.0||-|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||1.4||1||-1.8||-57.5|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||1.3||1||-0.7||-|
Following the onset of COVID-19 and the shutdown of non-essential services and trading restrictions, employment in the ACT fell by 9,900 (or 4.2%) between March 2020 and the trough in May 2020. Over the same period, the participation rate in the ACT decreased, from 72.3% in March 2020, to 69.7% in May 2020, while the unemployment rate rose, from 3.2% in March 2020, to a peak of 4.8% in June 2020 in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic.
Employment in the ACT increased by 4,200 between May 2020 and July 2021 but remains 5,800 (or 2.4%) below its pre-pandemic level. Moreover, the participation rate in the territory, at 70.8% in July 2021, is below the rate recorded in March 2020, while the unemployment rate, at 4.3% in July 2021, is above the pre-pandemic rate.
Encouragingly, there has been robust growth in recruitment activity in the ACT, as measured by the Internet Vacancy Index, with job advertisements 1.2 times higher than the pre-pandemic level, although the recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases, and associated lockdown and restrictions, is likely to dampen labour market activity in the coming months.
Employment by region
|Employment May 2021||5 year change to May 2021||Part-time||Female||Aged 15 to 24 years||Aged 55 years or older||Bachelor degree or higher||Cert III or higher VET qual||No post-school qual|
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work; National Skills Commission, Internet Vacancy Index.