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Migration Centre of South Australia



South Australia's average annual employment for 2009–10 was 800,600 persons, 18% higher than for 2000–01. For the corresponding period, national average annual employment rose by 22%.
South Australia's largest employment sector is health care and social assistance, surpassing manufacturing in SA as the largest employer since 2006–07. In 2009–10, manufacturing in SA had average annual employment of 83,700 persons compared with 103,300 for health care and social assistance. Health care and social assistance represented nearly 13% of the state average annual employment.
The retail trade is the second largest employer in SA (2009–10), with 91,900 jobs, and 12 per cent of the state workforce.


South Australian labour force indicators

(Trend) January 2017


Total employment:819,500 - increased by 1,600 (0.2%)

Unemployed people:58,500 - increased by 200 (0.3%)

Headline unemployment:6.4% - fell by 0.4%

Participation rate:62.3% - increased by 0.1%


Regional unemployment rates

(Year to) January 2017*


 Statistical regionTotalYouth 

 Greater Adelaide7.0%15.4%

 Adelaide - Central and Hills5.8%13.6%

 Adelaide - North8.5%19.3%

 Adelaide - South6.7%13.1%

 Adelaide - West6.7%14.9%

 Rest of South Australia5.7%11.5%

 Barossa-Yorke-Mid North5.6%12.1%

 South Australia - Outback6.5%9.9%

 South Australia - South East5.5%11.7%



*The total unemployment rate applies to people 15 years and over, and the youth unemployment rate refers to people aged 15-24 years of age. Data has been averaged over the year to minimise the impact of seasonal and irregular factors.


*The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has made changes to its regional labour force estimates.  From 20 February 2014, the ABS will publish total unemployment rates for people aged 15 to 24 years rather than the full-time unemployment rate for people aged 15 to 19 years.  In addition, regional labour force estimates will now be released using the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) definitions rather than the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).  These changes mean that regional labour force estimates from 20 February 2014 are not comparable to releases prior to this date.


Young people's labour market participation

(Year to) January 2017


Key statistics relating to the learning activities of young South Australians aged 15 to 24 years of age:

Studying full-time: 114,300 (52.6%) are studying full-time as their main activity (excludes those working full-time)

Working full-time: 50,300 (23.2%)

Unemployed and

seeking full-time work: 12,600 (full-time unemployment to population ratio 5.8%. National ratio is 4.8%)

Unemployment rate: 20.0% full-time unemployment rate. Compared with 15.4% nationally.