Fewer jobs on offer in August

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Total job vacancies dropped 1.3 per cent in August, meaning that Australians feeling the pressure of cost of living increases are having a harder time finding an income.

The number of vacancies in August fell to 183,700 - with 166,400 coming from the private sector.

Public sector positions fell 1.5 per cent to 17,400 for the month according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Some industries saw an increase in vacancies - namely the mining and construction sector due the current resource boom.

Administrative and support services, along with the retail industry also saw a jump in demand for skilled workers.

However a number of other sectors saw vacancies drop, including accommodations and food services, real estate and health care.

Households with dependants looking for work may have experienced the tough job climate first hand.

For those looking to ease the burden of necessary expenditure costs whilst they are between jobs, some savings could be found in their energy bill.

A switching service can assist families change electricity suppliers to lock in a cheaper rate.

The potential savings could be invaluable for households currently feeling the pressure of bills.

In addition to switching utilities companies, homeowners can also put energy efficient measures in place to minimise the actual amount of electricity being used.

Posted by Charlie Moore