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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jul 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/08/2007   
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JULY KEY FIGURES

Jun 2007
Jul 2007
Jun 07 to Jul 07
Jul 06 to Jul 07

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
10 460.6
10 478.5
17.9
2.6
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
469.0
466.2
-2.8
-7.9
%
Unemployment rate (%)
4.3
4.3
0.0
pts
-0.5
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.9
65.0
0.0
pts
0.3
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
10 462.0
10 483.7
21.8
2.5
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
471.8
467.9
-3.9
-6.4
%
Unemployment rate (%)
4.3
4.3
0.0
pts
-0.4
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.0
65.0
0.0
pts
0.2
pts

Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment rate
Graph: Unemployment rate



JULY KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

  • EMPLOYMENT increased to 10,478,500
  • UNEMPLOYMENT decreased to 466,200
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE remained at 4.3%
  • PARTICIPATION RATE increased to 65.0%


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

EMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 21,800 to 10,483,700. Full-time employment increased by 21,700 to 7,514,700 and part-time employment remained at 2,969,000.


UNEMPLOYMENT
  • decreased by 3,900 to 467,900. The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased by 6,600 to 324,100 and the number of persons looking for part-time work increased by 2,700 to 143,800.


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
  • remained at 4.3%. The male unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point but the rounded estimate remained at 3.9%, and the female unemployment rate remained at 4.8%.


PARTICIPATION RATE
  • remained at 65.0%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
August 2007 6 September 2007
September 2007 11 October 2007
October 2007 8 November 2007
November 2007 13 December 2007
December 2007 17 January 2008
January 2008 14 February 2008



REFORMS TO INCOME SUPPORT

In the 2005-06 Budget the Commonwealth Government announced reforms to income support eligibility and participation requirements. Changes in these programs are being implemented progressively but many of the initiatives took effect from July 2007. While the reforms may change a person's eligibility or participation requirements for income support, the reforms have not changed the way the Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the Labour Force Survey (LFS) or the definitions used in the survey. The LFS does not ask any questions directly related to participation in labour market or income support programs. Such information is neither necessary nor sufficient to determine labour force status. Individual participants are counted as employed, unemployed or not in the labour force according to economic (work-related) activity undertaken in the survey reference period. The labour force measure, based on economic activity tests, is thus consistent over time and independent of changes to labour market or income support programs. The ABS is unable to estimate the impact on labour force estimates attributable to such changes.



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 June and July 2007

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
21 800
-25 000
to
68 600
Total Unemployment
-3 900
-28 100
to
20 300
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 Rebecca Cash on Canberra (02) 6252 6525.

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