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Job ad slump

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Job website Seek says hiring ads are down nearly nine per cent around the country. 

In the 12 months to April, the ACT was the only jurisdiction to see an increase, with Tasmania in line with the national average, down 9.1 per cent. 

Trades and services, advertising, arts and the media were the hardest-hit sectors, plunging more than 23 per cent, while education and training saw a 12 per cent rise.

“From 2014, we saw consistent growth in job ads which reached a ten-year peak in April 2018," said Kendra Banks, Seek ANZ Managing Director.

"Due to a range of factors, including easing of the macroeconomic conditions, the rate of job ad growth has cooled since April 2018.

"This combined with the perfect storm of public holidays, with ANZAC Day and Easter seeing many employees taking increased annual leave and the upcoming election, resulted in April 2019 job ad figures being notably down year on year.”

It's on the back of the latest jobs figures revealing a slight uptick in unemployment for April, with Australia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate rising to 5.2 per cent. 

Tasmania's trend jobless rate is again the worst in the nation, rising to 6.7 per cent.