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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jul 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/08/2009   
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JULY KEY FIGURES

Jun 2009
Jul 2009
Jun 09 to Jul 09
Jul 08 to Jul 09

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
10 779.1
10 778.3
-0.8
-0.1
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
664.1
670.5
6.4
40.6
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.8
5.9
0.1
pts
1.6
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.4
65.3
0.0
pts
-0.1
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
10 761.4
10 793.6
32.2
0.0
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
663.2
664.1
0.8
37.3
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.8
5.8
0.0
pts
1.5
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.3
65.3
0.1
pts
-0.1
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment rate
Graph: Unemployment rate




JULY KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • EMPLOYMENT decreased to 10,778,300
  • UNEMPLOYMENT increased to 670,500
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE increased to 5.9%
  • PARTICIPATION RATE decreased to 65.3%


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

EMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 32,200 to 10,793,600. Full-time employment decreased by 16,000 to 7,590,400 and part-time employment increased by 48,200 to 3,203,200.


UNEMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 800 to 664,100. The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased by 4,800 to 495,900 and the number of persons looking for part-time work increased by 5,600 to 168,200.


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
  • remained steady at 5.8%. The male unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage point to 6.2%, and the female unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage point to 5.3%.


PARTICIPATION RATE
  • increased 0.1 percentage point to 65.3%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
August 2009 10 September 2009
September 2009 8 October 2009
October 2009 12 November 2009
November 2009 10 December 2009
December 2009 14 January 2010
January 2010 11 February 2010



INTRODUCTION OF NEW KEY MEASURES

The ABS will be introducing two new key measures into Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) from the August 2009 issue, namely, a monthly measure: aggregate monthly hours worked, and a quarterly measure: labour force underutilisation rate. Refer to the article titled Aggregate monthly hours worked in this issue for further details on the hours worked measure and the May 2009 issue of this publication for details on the labour force underutilisation rate measure.


SAMPLE RE-INSTATEMENT

On 13 May 2009, the Australian Statistician announced the full re-instatement of the Labour Force Survey sample. The re-instatement will occur over four reference months, from September to December 2009. The December 2009 estimates, released in January 2010, will be the first under the fully re-instated sample. The reversal of the 24% reduction in sample size is expected to decrease standard errors by approximately 15%.


ROUNDING

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


SAMPLING ERRORS

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey, therefore, published estimates and the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of this variability, see pages 31 and 32.

The interval bounded by the two limits is the 95% confidence interval, which provides another way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates. This represents a 95% chance that the true value of the estimate lies within that interval.

Movements in seasonally adjusted series between June 2009 and July 2009

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
32 200
-28 400
to
92 800
Total Unemployment
800
-36 200
to
37 800
Unemployment rate
0.0 pts
-0.4 pts
to
0.4 pts
Participation rate
0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.5 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 Mary Piechowski on Canberra (02) 6252 6525, email <labourforce@abs.gov.au>.


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