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The jobless rate in Australia is seen picking up pace towards the end of the year, according to Economist at UOB Group, Lee Sue Ann.

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“Australia’s jobless rate unexpectedly slipped from a 22-year high of 7.5% in July, to 6.8% in August, as employment surged past expectations helped by part-time work… Despite the improvement in unemployment, the underemployment rate remained elevated at 11.2%, 2.4 percentage points above the level in March.”

“Whilst the latest numbers definitely came as a surprise, job gains were held back by Victoria, where employment fell 1.3% m/m in August. Employment rose 1.7% m/m across other regions. Nonetheless, the latest jobs report is certainly a testament to the government’s signature Jobseeker employment subsidy – that will extend into 2021 – as well as monetary stimulus.”

We still look for unemployment in Australia to climb higher into year-end before gradually recovering in later part of 2021, provided COVID-19 developments comes under control as expected (i.e. state borders opened by year end but international borders not until this time next year) and there is a strong stimulus package in the October budget.”