The number of jobs advertised online fell 0.7 per cent in September as the federal government’s Internet Vacancy Index recorded a ninth consecutive month of declines.
The data, released on Wednesday by the Department of Employment, indicated a drop of 1,100 ads from the previous month and a 7.1 per cent slide in listings in the past year.
The decline could add weight to economist predictions that the unemployment rate, with edged lower to a seasonally adjusted 5.2 per cent in September, could soon start rising again.
The fall in new ads for the month was steepest in NSW and in the Northern Territory, slipping 1.0 per cent in both jurisdictions.
There was no change in Western Australia, while the ACT had the only increase, gaining 0.5 per cent.
Advertisements for clerical and admin positions fell 1.1 per cent from the previous month in the sharpest trend decline among the eight occupational groups tracked by the index, all of which went backwards in September.
Sales workers roles were down 0.9 per cent and online job classifieds for machinery operators and drivers were 0.7 per cent lower.
The smallest declines were for technicians and trades workers, down 0.1 per cent, and community and personal service workers, down 0.2 per cent.
The IVI measure is based on a count of all new job ads posted on three employment websites – Seek, CareerOne and JobSearch – during the month.
The internet job vacancies index fell in trend terms by 1.0 per cent in May and 0.4 per cent each month in June, July and August.