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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jul 2005  
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JULY KEY FIGURES

Jun 2005
Jul 2005
Jun 05 to Jul 05
Jul 04 to Jul 05

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
10 012.8
10 030.3
17.5
3.6
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
533.5
531.2
-2.3
-7.2
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.1
5.0
0.0
pts
-0.6
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.6
64.7
0.0
pts
1.1
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
10 022.2
10 034.9
12.7
3.7
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
528.2
527.0
-1.2
-8.8
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.0
5.0
0.0
pts
-0.6
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.7
64.7
0.0
pts
1.0
pts

Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment rate
Graph: Unemployment rate



JULY KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

  • EMPLOYMENT increased to 10,030,300
  • UNEMPLOYMENT decreased to 531,200
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE decreased to 5.0%
  • PARTICIPATION RATE increased to 64.7%


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

EMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 12,700 to 10,034,900. Full-time employment decreased by 14,500 to 7,172,000 while part-time employment increased by 27,200 to 2,862,900.

UNEMPLOYMENT
  • decreased by 1,200 to 527,000. The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased by 4,300 to 367,300 while the number of persons looking for part-time work increased by 3,100 to 159,700.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
  • remained at 5.0%. The male unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.7% and the female unemployment rate remained at 5.3%.

PARTICIPATION RATE
  • remained at 64.7%.


NOTES

ROUNDING

Estimates of monthly change shown on the front cover have been calculated using unrounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movements obtained from the rounded estimates. The graphs on the front cover also depict unrounded estimates.



SAMPLING ERRORS

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. Because the entire population is not enumerated, the published estimates and the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of this variability and appear on pages 27 and 28.


The 95% confidence intervals below provide another way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates from sample surveys. The interval bounded by the two limits is the 95% confidence interval. A 95% confidence interval has a 95% chance of including the true value of the estimate.

Movements in seasonally adjusted series between June and July 2005

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
12 700
-24 900
to
50 300
Total Unemployment
-1 200
-14 200
to
11 800
Unemployment rate
0.0 pts
-0.2 pts
to
0.2 pts
Participation rate
0.0 pts
-0.2 pts
to
0.2 pts



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Michael Johnson on Canberra (02) 6252 6525.



PRINCIPAL LABOUR FORCE SERIES TREND ESTIMATES


EMPLOYED PERSONS

The trend estimate of employed persons generally rose from a low of 8,283,800 in July 1995 to 9,055,900 in September 2000. The trend then fell slightly to 9,034,800 in January 2001, before rising to 9,457,600 in March 2003. The trend estimate then fell for two months, before rising to stand at 10,030,300 in July 2005.

Graph: Employed Persons (Trend)



UNEMPLOYED PERSONS

The trend estimate of unemployed persons rose from 728,100 in July 1995 to 771,800 in February 1997. The trend then fell to 583,200 in September 2000, before rising to 685,200 in October 2001. The trend has since generally fallen to stand at 531,200 in July 2005.

Graph: Unemployed Persons (Trend)



UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

The trend unemployment rate rose slowly from 8.1% in July 1995 to 8.4% in February 1997. After falling to 6.1% in September 2000, the trend then rose to 7.0% in October 2001. The trend has since generally fallen to stand at 5.0% in July 2005.

Graph: Unemployment Rate (Trend)



EMPLOYED PERSONS TREND ESTIMATES


MALES EMPLOYED FULL TIME


TOTAL

The trend estimate for males employed full time rose from 4,187,500 in July 1995 to 4,216,200 in April 1996. After falling to 4,198,800 in May 1997, the trend then rose to 4,400,200 in August 2000. The trend then fell to 4,335,000 in June 2001, before generally rising to stand at 4,728,200 in July 2005.

Graph: Males employed full time Total



MALES AGED 15-19 YEARS

The trend estimate of males aged 15 to 19 years employed full time generally decreased from 155,600 in July 1995 to 141,100 in June 1997. Although fluctuating, the trend then fell to a low of 135,700 in February 2001 before rising to 155,200 in January 2004. After falling to 147,600 in August 2004, the trend rose to 165,200 in March 2005. The trend has fallen slightly over the last four months to stand at 162,800 in July 2005.

Graph: Males employed full-time aged 15-19



MALES AGED 20 YEARS AND OVER

The trend estimate of males aged 20 years and over employed full time rose gradually from 4,031,900 in July 1995 to 4,255,400 in August 2000. After falling to 4,191,600 in July 2001, the trend has generally risen to stand at 4,565,400 in July 2005.

Graph: Males employed full-time aged 20 and over



FEMALES EMPLOYED FULL TIME


TOTAL

The trend estimate of females employed full time generally rose from 2,060,700 in July 1995 to 2,266,900 in March 2001. The trend then decreased to 2,215,400 in January 2002, before generally rising to stand at 2,449,000 in July 2005.

Graph: Females employed full time Total



FEMALES AGED 15-19 YEARS

The trend estimate of females aged 15 to 19 years employed full time generally fell from 83,900 in July 1995 to a low of 74,000 in August 1998. The trend then rose to 89,200 in February 2001, before falling to 76,800 in April 2002. Although falling slightly in late 2003, the trend generally rose to 89,000 in November 2004, before falling to stand at 85,300 in July 2005.

Graph: Females employed full-time aged 15-19



FEMALES AGED 20 YEARS AND OVER

The trend estimate of females aged 20 years and over employed full time remained relatively steady from July 1995 to July 1997, before increasing to 2,178,000 in March 2001. After falling slightly to 2,135,100 in December 2001, the trend has since risen to stand at 2,363,700 in July 2005.

Graph: Females employed full-time aged 20 and over

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