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SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
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.
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The trend estimate of unemployed persons rose from 738,700 in January 1996 to 771,700 in February 1997. The trend then generally fell to 583,600 in September 2000, before rising to 685,400 in October 2001. The trend then fell to 533,000 in July 2005, before rising to stand at 550,800 in January 2006.
The trend unemployment rate rose from 8.1% in January 1996 to 8.4% in February 1997, before falling to 6.1% in September 2000. After rising to 7.0% in October 2001, the trend fell to 5.0% in July 2005. The trend has since risen slightly to stand at 5.2% in January 2006.
EMPLOYED PERSONS TREND ESTIMATES
MALES EMPLOYED FULL TIME
The trend estimate of males employed full time fell from 4,211,100 in January 1996 to 4,198,700 in May 1997, before generally rising to 4,400,200 in August 2000. The trend then fell to 4,334,500 in June 2001, before generally rising to stand at 4,712,700 in January 2006.
MALES AGED 15-19 YEARS
The trend estimate of males aged 15 to 19 years employed full time decreased from 154,100 in January 1996 to 141,100 in June 1997. The trend fluctuated for the next three years, then fell to a low of 135,600 in February 2001 before rising to 155,100 in December 2003. After falling to 148,000 in July 2004, the trend rose to 165,100 in April 2005. Since then the trend has fallen to stand at 151,200 in January 2006.
MALES AGED 20 YEARS AND OVER
The trend estimate of males aged 20 years and over employed full time rose gradually from 4,057,100 in January 1996 to 4,255,300 in August 2000. After falling to 4,191,200 in July 2001, the trend has generally risen to stand at 4,561,500 in January 2006.
FEMALES EMPLOYED FULL TIME
The trend estimate of females employed full time rose from 2,067,000 in January 1996 to 2,266,900 in March 2001. The trend then decreased to 2,215,600 in January 2002, before generally rising to stand at 2,438,000 in January 2006.
FEMALES AGED 15-19 YEARS
The trend estimate of females aged 15 to 19 years employed full time generally fell from 86,000 in January 1996, to a low of 74,000 in August 1998. The trend then rose to 89,100 in February 2001, before falling to 76,700 in April 2002. The trend then generally increased to 89,300 in November 2004, before falling to stand at 81,800 in January 2006.
FEMALES AGED 20 YEARS AND OVER
The trend estimate of females aged 20 years and over employed full time generally rose from 1,981,000 in January 1996 to 2,178,100 in March 2001. After falling to 2,135,200 in December 2001, the trend has generally risen to stand at 2,356,200 in January 2006.
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