Public service vacancy rate affects figures

THE number of job vacancies available in Australia fell 2.2% between August and November last year, chiefly on the back of a huge 10.7% fall in the job vacancy rate in the public service.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed on Wednesday that the total number of job vacancies around the country fell 2.2% to 169,000 - the lowest figure since February 2010.

Nationally, the private sector had job vacancies of 157,700 in November last year, down 1.5% from August; while the same figure for the public service fell to just 12,200.

In Queensland, there were 43,400 jobs vacant in November, down 2.5% from 44,600 in August.

But job vacancies in New South Wales rose 4% between August and November, from 47,100 to 49,000.


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