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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Nov 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/12/2006   
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NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES

Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Oct 06 to Nov 06
Nov 05 to Nov 06

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
10 281.7
10 289.4
7.7
2.6
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
504.2
500.5
-3.7
-8.5
%
Unemployment rate (%)
4.7
4.6
0.0
pts
-0.5
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.9
64.8
0.0
pts
0.4
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
10 252.6
10 288.7
36.2
2.5
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
496.3
499.2
2.9
-7.4
%
Unemployment rate (%)
4.6
4.6
0.0
pts
-0.5
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.6
64.8
0.1
pts
0.3
pts

Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment rate
Graph: Unemployment rate



NOVEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

  • EMPLOYMENT increased to 10,289,400
  • UNEMPLOYMENT decreased to 500,500
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE decreased to 4.6%
  • PARTICIPATION RATE decreased to 64.8%


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

EMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 36,200 to 10,288,700. Full-time employment increased by 57,400 to 7,362,400 and part-time employment decreased by 21,200 to 2,926,400.

UNEMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 2,900 to 499,200. The number of persons looking for full-time work increased by 3,500 to 357,900 and the number of persons looking for part-time work decreased marginally to 141,400.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
  • remained at 4.6%. The male unemployment rate remained at 4.5% and the female unemployment rate decreased to 4.7%.

PARTICIPATION RATE
  • increased to 64.8%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
December 2006 11 January 2007
January 2007 8 February 2007
February 2007 15 March 2007
March 2007 12 April 2007
April 2007 10 May 2007
May 2007 7 June 2007



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 October and November 2006

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
36 200
-16 200
to
88 600
Total Unemployment
2 900
-22 900
to
28 700
Unemployment rate
0.0 pts
-0.2 pts
to
0.2 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 or Rebecca Cash on Canberra (02) 6252 6525.

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