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The number of advertised online jobs fell a seasonally adjusted -24.8% in December 2012 when compared to a year ago. This is according to the new internet vacancy index by the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
The number of job ads has fallen across all occupational sectors monitored by the department, hitting managers and professionals in particular. But the strongest fall in jobs were posted for technicians and trade workers.
All regions recorded a decline in internet vacancies, most notably Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.
Australia’s labour market has been impacted by a slowdown in the mining and housing market. Analysts expect a poor outlook for the job market this year with unemployment expected to reach 6.4% by the end of 2013.