South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


49. Unemployment:

Maintain equal or lower than the Australian average through to 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

In January 2004 (the baseline period), South Australia’s unemployment rate was 0.5 of a percentage point higher than the national unemployment rate.  By October 2017, the gap had decreased to 0.1 of a percentage point as a result of a significant narrowing of the gap over the past two years.

Between January 2004 and October 2017, South Australia’s unemployment rate was generally higher than the national rate.  However, there were periods when the reverse was true, with South Australia recording a lower unemployment rate from August 2005 to March 2006 and from May 2009 to March 2010. 

Note that the baseline figures change with revisions to the data by the ABS. 

Lead Agency

Department of State Development

Disaggregated data