05 June 2006

Australian job ads increase in May

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The number of job vacancies advertised in Australian newspapers rose to their highest level for six months during May, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The average of 20,832 a week though is not expected to prove to be the arrest of a decline that has seen job ads cut to 2003 levels. Having risen by 7.7% in May, the number of ads is still 1.3 per cent lower than the same period a year earlier.

The signs point to a tightening job market in Australia, but many states still report strong demand, especially for skilled workers.

"The demand for workers appears to be weakening most rapidly in NSW, Queensland and Victoria," said ANZ Bank head of Australian economics, Tony Pearson.

"Conditions remain the most buoyant in Western Australia and the Northern Territory - the states that continue to benefit most from the mining boom - and also in the ACT."

Tasmania reported the biggest rise in job ads with 11.3%, 10.6 per cent in NSW, whilst other modest rises were recorded in in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT. Newspaper job ads in South Australia fell marginally by 0.3 per cent.

The ANZ series also showed the number of internet job ads declined by 2.6 per cent in May to average 156,481 a week.

Overall job ads - in newspapers and on the internet, fell by 1.5 per cent in May to average 177,313 per week.

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