Australia job advertisements fall 2.9 pct in Nov-survey

SYDNEY Sun Dec 2, 2012 7:31pm EST

SYDNEY Dec 3 (Reuters) - Australian job advertisements in newspapers and on the Internet fell 2.9 percent in November, the eighth straight month of decline that pointed to softer labour demand and added to the case for a cut in interest rates this week.

A survey by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group showed total job advertisements fell a seasonally adjusted 2.9 percent to 138,376 in November, following a drop of 4.6 percent the month before. That was down 16.7 percent from November last year.

Job ads on the Internet fell 2.8 percent to 132,820 in November, from the month before, to be down 16 percent on the year. Newspapers ads dropped 4.6 percent, continuing a long-run shift away from newspapers toward Internet ads.

"The trend in job advertising has continued to deteriorate," said ANZ's head of Australian economics, Ivan Colhoun. "The weakness in job advertisements across the mining states of Western Australia and Queensland has been particularly concerning."

A cooling in the country's mining boom is a major reason analysts believe the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is likely to cut interest rates at its monthly policy meeting on Tuesday.

"Further monetary easing is necessary to assist the economy in its transition towards a lower dependence on mining investment growth," said Colhoun.

He warned that without further easing, the unemployment rate could rise towards 6 percent by the end of 2013, from the current 5.4 percent. (Reporting by Wayne Cole)