SA job vacancies reach record high

The number of job vacancies in South Australia has reached a record high of 25,300, bucking the national trend.

Jan 12, 2023, updated Jan 12, 2023
Treasurer Stephen Mullighan. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

Treasurer Stephen Mullighan. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

Data released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics showed in the three months to November, 2022, the number of job vacancies in South Australia increased 0.4 per cent, despite a national drop of 5.2 per cent in the same period.

South Australia’s job vacancies increased by 6.8 per cent overall through last year.

In a sign of the strength of the market in South Australia, there are currently 22,300 job vacancies in the private sector – up 1400 from the previous year.

Figures released last month also revealed that there are now 920,300 South Australians employed with 601,500 of them in full-time positions.

South Australia’s unemployment rate sits at a near record low of 4.1 per cent, although that remained the nation’s highest in December last year.

Treasurer Stephen Mullighan said South Australia is not following national trends.

“There has never been a better time to find a job in South Australia with so many businesses in so many industries looking for workers,” Mullighan said.

“While nationally the number of job vacancies is going backwards, South Australia is increasing the number of available jobs.”

It comes after an independent think tank for regional economies told the federal government it wants to see more overseas migrants settling in regional and rural communities to fill vacant jobs.

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