MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia’s unemployment could ease further from the current 6-1/2 year low without putting too much upward pressure on wages, the head of the country’s central bank said on Tuesday.
Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Governor Philip Lowe noted the jobless rate in the country’s two biggest states - New South Wales and Victoria - was between 4.4 percent and 4.6 percent but that still failed to accelerate annual wage growth.
“I suspect nationwide, we could go to 4.5 percent unemployment without lifting wage growth too much,” he said, responding to questions following a speech titled “trust and prosperity.”
The unemployment rate is at 5.0 percent with annual wage growth at 2.3 percent.
Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore