Online job ads fall

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Job vacancies have fallen for four months in a row

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The number of job vacancies advertised online fell by 2800, or 1.6 per cent, in April 2019 and has now fallen for four consecutive months.  

Job advertisements fell in six of the eight occupational groups, with the strongest falls recorded for machinery operators and drivers (down by 18.3 per cent), labourers (14.8 per cent) and sales workers (12.5 per cent).

Increases were recorded for community and personal service workers (up by 3.7 per cent) and professionals (1.2 per cent).

Over the year to April 2019, job advertisements decreased in five states and the Northern Territory. The Northern Territory recorded the strongest decline (down by 9.8 per cent), followed by New South Wales (8.5 per cent) and Queensland (5.3 per cent).

By contrast, job advertisements increased in Tasmania (up by 11.3 per cent) and the ACT (7.8 per cent).

While the internet vacancy rate is below the level recorded a year ago, it remains 24,500 job advertisements higher than the level recorded in April 2014.

The monthly Internet Vacancy Index, produced by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, is based on a count of new online job advertisements on SEEK, CareerOne and Australian JobSearch during the month.

Read more about the Internet Vacancy Index on the Labour Market Information Portal.

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