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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Apr 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/05/2011   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

Mar 2011
Apr 2011
Mar 11 to Apr 11
Apr 10 to Apr 11

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 441.2
11 446.1
4.9
2.5
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
591.7
585.7
-6.0
-5.7
%
Unemployment rate (%)
4.9
4.9
0.0
pts
-0.4
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.7
65.7
-0.1
pts
0.3
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 458.6
11 436.5
-22.1
2.4
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
592.9
583.0
-9.8
-8.4
%
Unemployment rate (%)
4.9
4.9
-0.1
pts
-0.5
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.8
65.6
-0.2
pts
0.1
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




APRIL KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,446,100.
  • Unemployment decreased to 585,700.
  • Unemployment rate steady at 4.9%.
  • Participation rate steady at 65.7%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased to 1,606.6 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment decreased 22,100 (0.2%) to 11,436,500. Full-time employment decreased 49,100 to 8,056,800 and part-time employment increased 26,900 to 3,379,700.
  • Unemployment decreased 9,800 (-1.7%) to 583,000. The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased 1,700 to 413,000 and the number of persons looking for part-time work decreased 8,100 to 170,000.
  • The unemployment rate remained steady at 4.9%. The male unemployment rate increased 0.1 pts to 4.7% and the female unemployment rate decreased 0.3 pts to 5.0%.
  • The participation rate decreased 0.2 pts to 65.6%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked decreased 14.7 million hours to 1,601.6 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2011 9 June 2011
June 2011 7 July 2011
July 2011 11 August 2011
August 2011 8 September 2011
September 2011 13 October 2011
October 2011 10 November 2011



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 ERROR

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. Published estimates and the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of this variability (see pages 34 and 35 of the publication). 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 March 2011 and April 2011

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
-22 100
-76 700
to
32 500
Total Unemployment
-9 800
-41 600
to
22 000
Unemployment rate
-0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.1 pts
Participation rate
-0.2 pts
-0.6 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, email client.services@abs.gov.au or Labour Force on Canberra (02) 6252 6525, email labourforce@abs.gov.au\>.


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