6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Dec 2017 Quality Declaration 
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Nov 2017
Dec 2017
Nov 17 to Dec 17
Dec 16 to Dec 17

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
12 394.8
12 419.8
25.0
3.3
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
714.9
715.0
0.1
-2.5
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.5
5.4
0.0
pts
-0.3
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.5
65.5
0.1
pts
0.9
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
12 406.1
12 440.8
34.7
3.3
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
710.1
730.6
20.5
-1.0
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.4
5.5
0.1
pts
-0.2
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.5
65.7
0.2
pts
0.9
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 25,000 to 12,419,800.
  • Unemployment increased 100 to 715,000.
  • Unemployment rate decreased by less than 0.1 pts to 5.4%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 65.5%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 4.0 million hours (0.2%) to 1,738.4 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 34,700 to 12,440,800. Full-time employment increased 15,100 to 8,518,900 and part-time employment increased 19,500 to 3,921,800.
  • Unemployment increased 20,500 to 730,600. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 9,900 to 501,800 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work increased 10,600 to 228,800.
  • Unemployment rate increased 0.1 pts to 5.5%
  • Participation rate increased by 0.2 pts to 65.7%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs decreased 4.2 million hours (0.2%) to 1,736.4 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
January 2018 15 February 2018
February 2018 22 March 2018
March 2018 19 April 2018
April 2018 17 May 2018
May 2018 14 June 2018
June 2018 19 July 2018



ROUNDING

Estimates of changes shown on the front cover and used in the commentary have been calculated using unrounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movement 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 movements are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of sampling variability. 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 NOVEMBER 2017 AND DECEMBER 2017

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
34 700
-25 500
to
94 900
Total Unemployment
20 500
-16 700
to
57 700
Unemployment rate
0.1 pts
-0.1 pts
to
0.3 pts
Participation rate
0.2 pts
-0.2 pts
to
0.6 pts




INQUIRIES

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