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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Nov 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/12/2005   
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NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES

Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Oct 05 to Nov 05
Nov 04 to Nov 05

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
10 031.4
10 028.4
-2.9
2.3
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
539.1
541.5
2.4
-0.1
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.1
5.1
0.0
pts
-0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.5
64.4
-0.1
pts
0.6
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
10 002.4
10 030.4
28.0
2.3
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
548.1
538.1
-9.9
-0.6
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.2
5.1
-0.1
pts
-0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.4
64.4
0.0
pts
0.6
pts

Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment rate
Graph: Unemployment rate



NOVEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

  • EMPLOYMENT decreased to 10,028,400
  • UNEMPLOYMENT increased to 541,500
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE remained at 5.1%
  • PARTICIPATION RATE decreased to 64.4%


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

EMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 28,000 to 10,030,400. Full-time employment increased by 48,100 to 7,143,800 while part-time employment decreased by 20,100 to 2,886,700.

UNEMPLOYMENT
  • decreased by 9,900 to 538,100. The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased by 2,400 to 385,700 and the number of persons looking for part-time work decreased by 7,500 to 152,400.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
  • decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 5.1%. The male unemployment rate remained at 5.1% and the female unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 5.0%.

PARTICIPATION RATE
  • remained at 64.4%.


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 October and November 2005

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
28 000
-23 600
to
79 600
Total Unemployment
-9 900
-37 300
to
17 500
Unemployment rate
-0.1pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.1 pts
Participation rate
0.0pts
-0.4 pts
to
0.4 pts



INQUIRIES

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



PRINCIPAL LABOUR FORCE SERIES TREND ESTIMATES


EMPLOYED PERSONS

The trend estimate of employed persons generally rose from 8,325,400 in November 1995 to 9,056,500 in September 2000. The trend then fell slightly to 9,034,500 in January 2001, before generally rising to stand at 10,032,300 in September 2005. The trend has fallen slightly since then to stand at 10,028,400 in November 2005.

Graph: Employed Persons



UNEMPLOYED PERSONS

The trend estimate of unemployed persons rose from 736,700 in November 1995 to 771,800 in February 1997. The trend then generally fell to 583,400 in September 2000 before rising to 685,500 in October 2001. The trend then fell to 532,700 in July 2005 before rising to stand at 541,500 in November 2005.

Graph: Unemployed Persons



UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

The trend unemployment rate rose from 8.1% in November 1995 to 8.4% in February 1997, before falling to 6.1% in September 2000. After rising to 7.0% in October 2001, the trend has since generally fallen to stand at 5.1% in November 2005.

Graph: Unemployment Rate



EMPLOYED PERSONS TREND ESTIMATES


EMPLOYED MALES


TOTAL

The trend estimate of employed males rose from 4,724,900 in November 1995 to 5,055,000 in September 2000, before falling to stand at 5,031,000 in March 2001. The trend then rose to 5,529,100 in August 2005, before falling to 5,520,800 in November 2005.

Graph: Employed Males Total



MALES EMPLOYED FULL TIME

The trend estimate for males employed full time generally rose from 4,203,200 in November 1995 to 4,400,400 in August 2000, before falling to 4,334,800 in June 2001. The trend then generally rose to 4,722,100 in July 2005, before falling to stand at 4,710,700 in November 2005.

Graph: Males Employed Full Time



MALES EMPLOYED PART TIME

The trend estimate of males employed part time rose from 521,700 in November 1995 to 631,100 in March 1999, before falling to 613,200 in September 1999. The trend has since generally risen to stand at 810,100 in November 2005.

Graph: Males Employed Part Time



EMPLOYED FEMALES


TOTAL

The trend estimate of employed females rose from 3,600,500 in November 1995 to 4,242,200 in March 2003, with strong growth in late 2002. The trend estimate then fell to 4,226,800 in July 2003, before rising to stand at 4,507,600 in November 2005.

Graph: Employed Females Total



FEMALES EMPLOYED FULL TIME

The trend estimate of females employed full time generally rose from 2,067,200 in November 1995 to 2,266,800 in March 2001. The trend then fell to 2,215,300 in January 2002, before generally rising to 2,442,500 in June 2005. The trend has since fallen to stand at 2,423,400 in November 2005.

Graph: Females Employed Full Time



FEMALES EMPLOYED PART TIME

The trend estimate of females employed part time rose from 1,533,300 in November 1995 to 1,952,400 in March 2003. The trend then fell to 1,929,800 in December 2003. The trend estimate has since risen steadily to stand at 2,084,200 in November 2005.

Graph: Females Employed Part Time

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