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The number of job openings in Australia increased 23 percent during the November 2020 quarter, putting the total number higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020.

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that there were 254,000 job openings in November and on an annual basis, job openings were 12% higher than in November 2019.

The three industries that saw the largest increases in job vacancies were retail, arts and recreation services, and food and lodging services.

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that there were 254,000 job openings in November and on an annual basis, job openings were 12% higher than in November 2019. (AAP)

ABS tracks job vacancies, that is, the number of jobs that are currently being advertised, through telephone surveys and online electronic collection.

No data is recorded on jobs that are private households employing personnel or positions available in the defense force.

“Job vacancies increased by 48,000 in the November 2020 quarter, following a sharp rise of 77,000 in August, as COVID-related restrictions continued to relax in Australia,” said Bjorn Jarvis, ABS Head of Labor Statistics.

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In December, Australia’s unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent thanks to a strong recovery in the labor market in Victoria. (Nine)

“There were 254,000 job openings in November, which was higher than the pre-COVID level in February.

“This reflected the pace of recovery in labor demand in the second half of the year and the labor shortage in some industries.”

Quarterly increases in vacancies were seen in all states and territories. Victoria was the only state with vacancies below its February level.

In December, Australia’s unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent thanks to a strong recovery in the labor market in Victoria.

The three industries that saw the largest increases in job vacancies were retail, arts and recreation services, and food and lodging services. (Roger Stonehouse)

Seasonally adjusted figures showed the unemployment rate fell 0.2 percent in November with 17,300 fewer people out of work, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said.

And 90,000 more people found work between October and November, while the number of hours worked increased 2.5 percent, according to ABS.

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