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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jun 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/07/2005   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

May 2005
Jun 2005
May 05 to Jun 05
Jun 04 to Jun 05

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
9,990.5
10,010.9
20.4
3.6
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
536.5
536.1
-0.4
-6.7
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.1
5.1
0.0
pts
-0.5
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.6
64.7
0.1
pts
1.1
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
9,981.4
10,023.1
41.7
3.8
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
539.7
528.5
-11.2
-8.3
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.1
5.0
-0.1
pts
-0.6
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.5
64.7
0.1
pts
1.1
pts

Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment rate
Graph: Unemployment rate



JUNE KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

  • EMPLOYMENT increased to 10,010,900
  • UNEMPLOYMENT decreased to 536,100
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE remained at 5.1%
  • PARTICIPATION RATE increased to 64.7%


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

EMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 41,700 to 10,023,100. Full-time employment increased by 60,200 to 7,190,400 while part-time employment decreased by 18,500 to 2,832,600.

UNEMPLOYMENT
  • decreased by 11,200 to 528,500. The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased by 7,100 to 371,800 while the number of persons looking for part-time work decreased by 4,100 to 156,700.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
  • decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 5.0%. The male unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 4.8% and the female unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 5.3%.

PARTICIPATION RATE
  • increased by 0.1 percentage point to 64.7%.


NOTES

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 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 27 and 28.


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 May and June 2005

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
41,700
4,100
to
79,300
Total Unemployment
-11 200
-24 600
to
2,200
Unemployment rate
-0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.1 pts
Participation rate
0.1 pts
-0.1 pts
to
0.3 pts



INQUIRIES

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



PRINCIPAL LABOUR FORCE SERIES TREND ESTIMATES


EMPLOYED PERSONS

The trend estimate of employed persons generally rose from a low of 8,270,900 in June 1995 to 9,055,500 in September 2000. The trend then fell slightly to 9,035,200 in January 2001, before rising to 9,458,800 in March 2003. The trend estimate then fell for three months, before rising to stand at 10,010,900 in June 2005.

Graph: Employed Persons (Trend)



UNEMPLOYED PERSONS

The trend estimate of unemployed persons rose from 728,200 in June 1995 to 771,800 in February 1997. The trend then fell to 583,200 in September 2000, before rising to 685,200 in October 2001. The trend has since generally fallen to stand at 536,100 in June 2005.

Graph: Unemployed Persons (Trend)



UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

The trend unemployment rate was relatively steady from June 1995 to February 1997. After falling to 6.1% in September 2000, the trend rose to 7.0% in October 2001. The trend has since generally fallen to stand at 5.1% in June 2005.

Graph: Unemployment Rate (Trend)



UNEMPLOYED PERSONS TREND ESTIMATES


UNEMPLOYED MALES


TOTAL

The trend estimate of unemployed males remained relatively flat from June 1995 to March 1997, before generally falling to 341,700 in August 2000. The trend then rose to 394,100 in October 2001, before generally falling to stand at 280,700 in June 2005.

Graph: Unemployed males (Trend)(total)



MALES LOOKING FOR FULL-TIME WORK

The trend estimate of unemployed males looking for full-time work remained relatively flat from June 1995 to mid-1997, before falling to 287,900 in June 2000. The trend then rose to 329,900 in October 2001, before generally falling to stand at 221,400 in June 2005.

Graph: Unemployed males looking for full-time work (trend)



MALES LOOKING FOR PART-TIME WORK

Although fluctuating, the trend estimate of unemployed males looking for part-time work has increased from 47,200 in June 1995 to 66,200 in November 2002. The trend then fell to 55,700 in October 2003, before rising again to 63,400 in September 2004. The trend estimate has since fallen slightly to stand at 59,300 in June 2005.

Graph: Unemployed males looking for part-time work (trend)



UNEMPLOYED FEMALES


TOTAL

The trend estimate of unemployed females rose from 289,500 in June 1995 to 321,400 in January 1997, before falling to 240,100 in September 2000. The trend then rose to 291,500 in November 2001, before generally falling to 245,700 in December 2004. The trend estimate has since risen to stand at 255,400 in June 2005.

Graph: Unemployed females (trend)(total)



FEMALES LOOKING FOR FULL-TIME WORK

The trend estimate of females looking for full-time work rose from 206,300 in June 1995 to 223,700 in February 1997. The trend then generally fell to 152,700 in September 2000, and then rose to 188,400 in October 2001. Since then, although increasing for short periods in early 2003 and early 2005, the trend has generally fallen to stand at 155,600 in June 2005.

Graph: Unemployed females looking for full-time work (trend)



FEMALES LOOKING FOR PART-TIME WORK

The trend estimate of unemployed females looking for part-time work has fluctuated over the last 10 years, rising from 83,100 in June 1995 to a high of 110,000 in April 2001. The trend estimate currently stands at 99,800 in June 2005.

Graph: Unemployed females looking for part-time work (trend)

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