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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Nov 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/12/2011   
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NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES

Oct 2011
Nov 2011
Oct 11 to Nov 11
Nov 10 to Nov 11

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 452.3
11 456.5
4.2
0.6
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
636.2
638.7
2.5
3.9
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.3
5.3
0.0
pts
0.2
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.6
65.6
0.0
pts
-0.3
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 463.4
11 457.1
-6.3
0.4
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
626.5
635.8
9.4
2.4
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.2
5.3
0.1
pts
0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.6
65.5
-0.1
pts
-0.5
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




NOVEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,456,500.
  • Unemployment increased to 638,700.
  • Unemployment rate steady at 5.3%.
  • Participation rate steady at 65.6%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked decreased to 1,622.2 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment decreased 6,300 (0.1%) to 11,457,100. Full-time employment decreased 39,900 persons to 8,026,300 and part-time employment increased 33,600 persons to 3,430,800.
  • Unemployment increased 9,400 (1.5%) to 635,800. The number of persons looking for part-time work increased 16,500 to 181,300 and the number of persons looking for full-time work decreased 7,100 to 454,600.
  • The unemployment rate increased 0.1 pts to 5.3%. The male unemployment rate remained at 5.2% and the female unemployment rate increased 0.2 pts to 5.3%.
  • The participation rate decreased 0.1 pts to 65.5%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked decreased 11.3 million hours to 1,616.8 million hours.


LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION (QUARTERLY CHANGE)
  • Trend estimates: The labour force underutilisation rate increased 0.2 pts to 12.5%.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: The labour force underutilisation rate increased 0.2 pts to 12.6%. The male labour force underutilisation rate increased 0.1 pts to 10.6%. The female labour force underutilsation rate increased 0.4 pts to 14.9%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
December 2011 19 January 2012
January 2012 16 February 2012
February 2012 8 March 2012
March 2012 12 April 2012
April 2012 10 May 2012
May 2012 7 June 2012



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 ERROR

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. Published estimates and the movements derived from them 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 OCTOBER 2011 AND NOVEMBER 2011

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
-6 300
-61 100
to
48 500
Total Unemployment
9 400
-21 400
to
40 200
Unemployment rate
0.1 pts
-0.1 pts
to
0.3 pts
Participation rate
-0.1 pts
-0.5 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, email client.services@abs.gov.au or Labour Force on Canberra (02) 6252 6525, email labourforce@abs.gov.au.


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