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 is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


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 0.6 of a percentage point higher than the national unemployment rate.  By January 2016, the gap had increased to 1.1percentage points. 

Between January 2004 and January 2016, South Australia’s unemployment rate was generally higher than the national rate.  However, there were stages during this period when the reverse was true, with South Australia recording a lower unemployment rate from August 2005 to February 2006 and from May 2009 to February 2010. 

Note that the baseline figures have changed due to revisions in the data by the ABS.


Lead Agency

Department of State Development

Disaggregated data