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Monthly unemployment rate of 4.8% October 2019

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October 2019 was 4.8%, down from 4.9% in September 2019 and down from 5.7% in October 2018. The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 117,300 in October 2019, compared to 118,100 in September 2019.  When compared to October 2018, there was an annual decrease of 19,400 in the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed.

Summary points for October

  • In October 2019 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2% for males, down from 5.3% in September 2019, and down from 5.6% in October 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females was 4.4% in October 2019, remaining unchanged from September 2019, and down from 5.9% in October 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in October 2019 was 68,600 compared to 69,200 in September 2019. In October 2019 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 48,700 compared to 48,900 in September 2019.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) was 12.3% in October 2019 up from 12.2% in September 2019.

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