6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Nov 2017 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/12/2017   
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NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES

Oct 2017
Nov 2017
Oct 17 to Nov 17
Nov 16 to Nov 17

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
12 357.9
12 380.1
22.2
3.1
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
710.2
707.3
-2.9
-2.7
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.4
5.4
0.0
pts
-0.3
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.3
65.4
0.0
pts
0.7
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
12 341.3
12 403.0
61.6
3.2
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
703.6
707.7
4.1
-3.3
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.4
5.4
0.0
pts
-0.3
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.2
65.5
0.3
pts
0.7
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




NOVEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 22,200 to 12,380,100.
  • Unemployment decreased 2,900 to 707,300.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4%.
  • Participation rate increased less than 0.1 pts to 65.4%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 3.8 million hours (0.2%) to 1,734.4 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 61,600 to 12,403,000. Full-time employment increased 41,900 to 8,501,900 and part-time employment increased 19,700 to 3,901,100.
  • Unemployment increased 4,100 to 707,700. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 2,500 to 489,900 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work increased 1,700 to 217,800.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4%.
  • Participation rate increased 0.3 pts to 65.5%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 9.8 million hours (0.6%) to 1,740.9 million hours.


LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION (QUARTERLY CHANGE)
  • Trend estimates: the labour force underemployment rate decreased by 0.2 pts to 8.4%. The underutilisation rate decreased by 0.3 pts to 13.8%.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: the labour force underemployment rate decreased 0.2 pts to 8.3%. The underutilisation rate decreased by 0.3 pts to 13.7%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
December 2017 18 January 2018
January 2018 15 February 2018
February 2018 22 March 2018
March 2018 19 April 2018
April 2018 17 May 2018
May 2018 14 June 2018



UPDATE ON MAJOR REBENCHMARKING

The ABS has rebenchmarked Labour Force estimates to 2016-based population benchmarks. For more information, please refer to "What's new in the Labour Force".


ROUNDING

Estimates of changes shown on the front cover and used in the commentary have been calculated using unrounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movement obtained from the rounded estimates. The graphs on the front cover also depict unrounded estimates.


SAMPLING ERROR

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. Published estimates and movements are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of sampling variability. The interval bounded by two standard errors is the 95% confidence interval, which provides a way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates. There is a 95% chance that the true value of the estimate lies within that interval.

MOVEMENTS IN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED SERIES BETWEEN OCTOBER 2017 AND NOVEMBER 2017

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
61 600
1 800
to
121 400
Total Unemployment
4 100
-31 700
to
39 900
Unemployment rate
0.0 pts
-0.2 pts
to
0.2 pts
Participation rate
0.3 pts
-0.1 pts
to
0.7 pts




INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, email <client.services@abs.gov.au> or contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.