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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Apr 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/05/2007   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

Mar 2007
Apr 2007
Mar 07 to Apr 07
Apr 06 to Apr 07

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
10 379.2
10 397.8
18.5
2.8
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
490.4
488.4
-2.0
-8.9
%
Unemployment rate (%)
4.5
4.5
0.0
pts
-0.5
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.9
64.9
0.0
pts
0.3
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
10 367.0
10 416.6
49.6
3.1
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
488.3
482.7
-5.6
-10.8
%
Unemployment rate (%)
4.5
4.4
-0.1
pts
-0.7
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.8
64.9
0.2
pts
0.4
pts

Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment rate
Graph: Unemployment rate



APRIL KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

  • EMPLOYMENT increased to 10,397,800
  • UNEMPLOYMENT decreased to 488,400
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE remained at 4.5%
  • PARTICIPATION RATE remained at 64.9%


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

EMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 49,600 to 10,416,600. Full-time employment increased by 11,600 to 7,453,300 and part-time employment increased by 38,000 to 2,963,400.

UNEMPLOYMENT
  • decreased by 5,600 to 482,700. The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased by 6,700 to 334,200 and the number of persons looking for part-time work increased by 1,000 to 148,500.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
  • decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.4%. The male unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.0%, and the female unemployment rate remained at 4.9%.

PARTICIPATION RATE
  • increased by 0.2 percentage points to 64.9%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2007 7 June 2007
June 2007 12 July 2007
July 2007 9 August 2007
August 2007 6 September 2007
September 2007 11 October 2007
October 2007 8 November 2007



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

To coincide with the introduction of concurrent seasonal adjustment in December 2003, the ABS introduced an additional adjustment to be applied to employment series in those years where Easter occurs during the April LFS interview period. Users were informed of these changes in Information Paper: Forthcoming Changes to Labour Force Statistics, 2003 (cat. no. 6292.0).


Based on the latest LFS data (including April 2007), the ABS no longer considers the Easter adjustment necessary for 2004 and 2007 (the last two years that Easter has occurred during the April LFS interview period). As a result, the seasonally adjusted employment estimate for April 2004 has been revised down by 53,800. The ABS will continue to monitor the effect of Easter on labour force statistics.



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 28 and 29.


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 March and April 2007

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
49 600
-3 200
to
102 400
Total Unemployment
-5 600
-33 000
to
21 800
Unemployment rate
-0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.1 pts
Participation rate
0.2 pts
-0.2 pts
to
0.6 pts



INQUIRIES

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

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