November online job ads fell by 1.3%

Michael Mehr
(Australian Associated Press)


The number of jobs advertised online fell 1.3 per cent in November to make it eleven consecutive months of declines, according to the federal government’s Internet Vacancy Index.

The numbers, released by the Department of Employment on Wednesday, indicated a drop of 2,200 ads from the previous month and a 10.6 per cent slide in listings over the past year.

The IVI measure is based on a count of all new job ads posted on three employment websites – Seek, CareerOne and JobSearch – during the month.

The monthly drop in the internet job vacancies index follows a fall of 1.2 per cent in October and 0.9 per cent in September.

The November data showed that ads declined in every state and territory, led by a 1.6 per cent fall in Tasmania.

Ads during the month also fell 1.5 per cent in Victoria, 1.4 per cent in NSW, 1.2 per cent in Queensland and South Australia, 0.8 per cent in the Northern Territory, 0.4 per cent in Western Australia and 0.1 per cent in the Australian Capital Territory.

Listings slipped across all eight occupational groups, ranging from a 2.0 per cent fall for labourers to a 0.6 per cent dip among professionals.

NSW ads had the biggest slump over the past 12 months, down 16.1 per cent, while the figures dropped 15.8 per cent in the Northern Territory and 11.8 per cent in Victoria.

The survey of online job classifieds suggests listings increased on an annualised basis only in Western Australia, edging up 0.6 per cent, and in the ACT where ads grew 9.4 per cent.


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