SA has lowest rate of full-time employment on mainland Australia

ABS data has revealed that South Australia has the lowest rate of full-time employment on mainland Australia.

SA has 79.2 per cent of men in full-time work – this compares to NSW, Queensland and Western Australia who have between 82 and 83 per cent of men in full-time work.

Only 46.8 per cent of women in SA are in full-time work – this again compares to NSW, Queensland and Western Australia who have between 51 and 54 per cent of women in fulltime work.

This means that SA now has: 

  • The highest unemployment rate in the nation; 
  • The lowest rate of full-time employment on mainland Australia; and, 
  • The highest underutilisation rate in the nation.

“The South Australian economy continues to face a number of challenges, including the impending closure of Holden, and the potential closure of the Arrium Whyalla steelworks,” said Shadow Employment Minister Corey Wingard.

“What these latest statistics reveal is that there is a lot of work to do in improving South Australia’s job opportunities – particularly in relation to full-time jobs.

“We know that more people want to work more hours, but there isn’t the opportunity for them to do so.

“With ever-increasing cost of living pressures in our state, our low rate of full-time employment is hurting South Australians.”