Australians looking for work could face an uphill battle, with online job ads declining for the third month in a row.
Department of Employment figures have shown all eight occupational groups monitored by the department saw a decline in online job ads in May. The number of jobs advertised online fell a seasonally adjusted 3.6% for the months.
Job ads are now down 60% from their March 2008 peak, the AAP reported.
Jobs that are advertised have shifted toward non-mining states, the AAP said. NSW has seen a 6.3% rise in job ads for the year, while WA saw a 17.3% decline and Queensland saw job ads fall 10.5%. The ACT has also a major decline, with ads falling 16.4% in light of anticipated cuts to public service jobs announced in the Federal budget.