Demand for NSW workers falls further

The former powerhouse of the Australian labour market, NSW, is showing further signs of flagging while demand for workers in other states and territories is perking up.

New figures released by the federal employment department on Wednesday showed job advertising on the internet overall rose 0.4 per cent in July, but remained 5.5 per cent down over the year.

Job advertising is key pointer to future labour market activity.

In NSW, job ads fell by 0.8 per cent to be 11.7 per cent down on a year earlier, and it was the only jurisdiction to show a decline in the month.

In contrast, Tasmania showed the strongest growth, rising by 1.5 per cent in July to be 13.2 per cent higher on the year, followed by the ACT, up 1.4 per cent in the month and 11.8 per cent annually.

Job ads rose in six of the eight occupational groups monitored by the department.

Demand for labourers led the way, rising 1.1 per cent in the month, followed by community and personal services workers, up 0.6 per cent.

Ads for managers and sales workers were the weakest groups in July, both falling by 0.4 per cent.


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