job creation in Australia

December was the 15th straight month of job creation, the longest streak since 1993. Courtesy: Gabriele Charotte

Employment has risen every month in a calendar year for the first time in four decades – and possibly the first time in history – after another 35,000 people ignored the summer slowdown and found jobs in December. 

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Thursday showed 2017 was the first full year in which employment rose every month since the bureau began releasing monthly data in 1978.

“Full-time employment has now increased by around 322,000 persons since December 2016, and makes up the majority of the 393,000 net increase in employment over the period,” said the Australian Bureau of Statistics chief economist, Bruce Hockman.

December was the 15th straight month of job creation, the longest streak since 1993.