Australian job advertisements in newspapers and on the internet dropped by 0.9 percent month-over-month in February 2019, the fourth straight month of decline, after an upwardly revised 1.8 percent fall in the previous month. On an annual basis, job advertisements decreased 4.3 percent, the steepest annual drop in five years. "The year ahead looks to be more challenging on the employment front," said ANZ's head of Australian economics David Plank. "Even with this decline the level of ANZ Job Ads is still consistent with ongoing employment growth. And other data, such as the ABS job vacancies series, are more positive," he added. Job Advertisements in Australia averaged 141999.50 from 1999 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 258084 in April of 2008 and a record low of 69799 in July of 1999.