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6354.0 - Job Vacancies, Australia, Feb 2006  
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FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES

Feb 2006
Nov 2005 to Feb 2006
Feb 2005 to Feb 2006
'000
% change
% change

Trend estimates
Private sector
122.2
-0.1
-3.8
Public sector
15.4
0.1
0.0
Private and public sectors
137.6
0.0
-3.4

Job Vacancies, Trend
Graph: Job Vacancies, Trend



FEBRUARY KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES
  • Total job vacancies in February 2006 were 137,600, unchanged from November 2005.
  • The number of job vacancies in the private sector was 122,200 in February 2006, unchanged from November 2005 in rounded terms.
  • The number of job vacancies in the public sector was 15,400 in February 2006, unchanged from November 2005 in rounded terms.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
May 2006 29 June 2006
August 2006 28 September 2006



NOTES ON ESTIMATES

CONCURRENT SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT


The ABS has introduced concurrent seasonal adjustment to the Job Vacancies Survey (JVS), replacing the forward factor adjustment method previously used to produce seasonally adjusted estimates. Concurrent seasonal adjustment uses original data up to and including the current quarter to update seasonal factors each quarter, whereas the forward factor adjustment method only updates seasonal factors annually.


By increasing the frequency of seasonal reanalyses from annually to quarterly, concurrent seasonal adjustment produces initial seasonally adjusted estimates that are closer on average to their final values, as any changes in seasonality are picked up sooner. This process can result in revisions each quarter to seasonally adjusted estimates for earlier periods. See paragraphs 22 to 24 of the Explanatory Notes for more information on the concurrent seasonal adjustment method.



SAMPLING ERROR

For information on sampling error, including standard errors for original estimates contained in this publication, see the Technical Note.



INQUIRIES

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TABLES


1. JOB VACANCIES, States and territories

Original
Seasonally
Adjusted
Trend
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Australia
Australia
Australia

VACANCIES ('000)

2004
November
45.3
34.1
28.7
7.5
13.1
2.1
2.8
3.5
137.1
139.4
138.2
2005
February
48.2
33.0
35.4
8.8
15.3
2.6
2.3
4.0
149.5
143.7
142.4
May
41.2
31.6
34.9
7.4
14.5
1.9
2.3
4.0
137.8
143.9
142.7
August
39.1
32.8
33.4
8.8
16.9
2.2
2.7
4.4
140.3
138.3
139.3
November
45.4
30.2
24.1
8.7
15.8
2.3
2.1
3.9
132.6
134.6
137.6
2006
February
46.6
31.6
32.3
8.4
20.6
2.1
1.9
3.8
147.3
140.9
137.6

CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS QUARTER (%)

2004
November
12.0
1.7
3.7
7.2
5.9
46.4
39.5
12.7
7.4
12.0
6.4
2005
February
6.2
-3.1
23.1
17.4
16.5
26.9
-18.3
13.4
9.1
3.1
3.0
May
-14.5
-4.4
-1.3
-15.6
-4.9
-29.6
3.5
-1.2
-7.8
0.1
0.2
August
-5.1
3.9
-4.4
18.4
16.5
20.1
16.4
10.7
1.8
-3.9
-2.4
November
16.1
-8.1
-27.9
-0.1
-6.5
5.1
-22.5
-9.9
-5.5
-2.7
-1.2
2006
February
2.8
4.6
34.0
-3.4
30.4
-12.3
-8.2
-4.8
11.1
4.7
0.0

CHANGE FROM CORRESPONDING QUARTER OF PREVIOUS YEAR (%)

2004
February
-4.4
6.6
-7.6
-21.9
-14.5
-33.7
0.2
-5.4
-5.0
-6.0
5.7
2005
February
29.2
14.0
92.7
58.7
49.1
91.2
28.5
82.0
41.4
40.3
28.6
2006
February
-3.2
-4.5
-8.9
-3.5
35.1
-22.0
-14.3
-6.2
-1.5
-1.9
-3.4

2. JOB VACANCIES, Private sector - States and territories

Original
Seasonally
Adjusted
Trend
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Australia
Australia
Australia

VACANCIES ('000)

2004
November
42.0
30.8
26.2
6.1
11.4
1.7
1.8
1.7
121.6
124.0
123.1
2005
February
44.6
29.3
32.8
8.0
14.0
2.1
1.2
2.1
134.2
128.3
127.0
May
37.8
28.4
32.2
6.7
13.2
*1.1
1.2
2.0
122.7
128.7
127.2
August
35.8
29.3
30.5
7.7
15.7
1.7
1.8
*2.2
124.6
122.7
123.9
November
41.9
26.9
21.2
7.8
14.5
1.9
1.2
*1.9
117.3
119.4
122.2
2006
February
42.9
28.7
28.8
7.6
19.3
1.6
1.0
2.0
131.9
125.4
122.2

CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS QUARTER (%)

2004
November
13.7
1.8
4.3
1.5
0.3
57.2
47.3
6.7
7.1
12.2
6.4
2005
February
6.3
-4.6
25.5
31.3
22.8
22.1
-33.1
25.7
10.4
3.4
3.2
May
-15.3
-3.1
-1.9
-16.4
-5.7
-44.7
0.6
-6.1
-8.6
0.3
0.2
August
-5.3
2.9
-5.3
15.8
18.3
47.3
49.1
9.9
1.6
-4.6
-2.6
November
17.0
-8.0
-30.6
1.4
-7.4
12.9
-37.2
-11.1
-5.9
-2.7
-1.4
2006
February
2.6
6.6
36.1
-3.3
32.9
-17.4
-10.4
2.5
12.5
4.9
-0.1

CHANGE FROM CORRESPONDING QUARTER OF PREVIOUS YEAR (%)

2004
February
-3.1
11.8
-5.2
-23.2
-12.0
-37.2
11.0
-28.1
-3.0
-4.2
8.6
2005
February
31.8
11.3
104.1
63.6
49.9
75.7
12.0
123.4
43.2
41.9
29.6
2006
February
-3.8
-2.2
-12.3
-5.1
37.3
-24.1
-15.7
-6.0
-1.8
-2.3
-3.8

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
3. JOB VACANCIES, Public sector - States and territories

Original
Seasonally
Adjusted
Trend
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Australia
Australia
Australia

VACANCIES ('000)

2004
November
3.3
3.3
2.6
1.4
1.7
0.4
0.9
1.9
15.5
15.4
15.1
2005
February
3.5
3.7
2.6
0.8
1.2
0.6
1.0
1.9
15.3
15.4
15.4
May
3.4
3.2
2.7
0.7
1.3
0.7
1.1
2.0
15.1
15.2
15.5
August
3.3
3.5
2.9
1.0
1.3
0.6
0.9
2.2
15.7
15.6
15.4
November
3.5
3.2
2.9
0.9
1.3
0.5
1.0
2.0
15.3
15.2
15.4
2006
February
3.7
2.9
3.5
0.9
1.4
0.5
0.9
1.8
15.4
15.5
15.4

CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS QUARTER (%)

2004
November
-5.8
0.2
-1.9
43.0
70.4
13.0
26.3
18.7
9.9
9.8
6.3
2005
February
5.6
11.0
-0.7
-44.4
-26.5
47.5
10.5
2.2
-1.2
-0.4
2.4
May
-3.4
-14.6
6.6
-6.8
4.1
24.2
6.9
4.3
-1.3
-0.7
0.3
August
-3.6
12.0
6.6
42.9
-2.0
-22.8
-20.0
11.4
3.7
2.6
-0.4
November
6.9
-8.6
-0.1
-11.5
5.2
-18.5
8.0
-8.7
-2.3
-3.0
0.1
2006
February
4.8
-11.2
18.6
-4.1
3.2
9.2
-5.5
-11.8
0.7
2.1
0.1

CHANGE FROM CORRESPONDING QUARTER OF PREVIOUS YEAR (%)

2004
February
-15.6
-26.8
-21.3
-9.8
-34.0
-4.0
-13.7
24.0
-17.9
-17.5
-12.1
2005
February
3.2
40.6
12.0
21.1
40.7
178.7
55.8
51.0
27.8
28.1
21.3
2006
February
4.2
-22.4
34.7
13.0
10.6
-14.8
-12.7
-6.4
0.7
1.0
0.0

4. JOB VACANCIES, Industry: Original

2004
2005
2006
November
February
May
August
November
February
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000

Mining
2.6
2.8
2.7
4.1
3.7
3.8
Manufacturing
13.5
11.5
14.0
15.6
13.1
15.4
Electricity, gas and water supply
0.7
0.7
1.0
0.9
1.0
0.9
Construction
*7.3
9.7
*9.7
6.4
5.7
*7.2
Wholesale trade
9.1
9.9
*6.6
*6.3
*5.0
11.0
Retail trade
21.2
24.3
21.1
25.9
22.6
21.2
Accommodation, cafes and restaurants
8.8
8.6
6.3
*7.4
10.8
*6.1
Transport and storage
3.9
4.5
*4.5
3.9
2.7
3.8
Communication services
0.7
*1.1
0.6
0.4
0.4
0.4
Finance and insurance
5.9
6.1
7.4
*8.0
*8.2
6.6
Property and business services
31.2
35.4
31.9
28.5
29.3
33.9
Government administration and defence
6.8
7.1
6.3
7.6
7.9
7.9
Education
4.5
5.4
4.1
3.9
2.9
3.3
Health and community services
14.0
12.0
14.0
12.7
10.2
14.9
Cultural and recreational services
2.5
*3.6
3.7
3.0
3.5
3.9
Personal and other services
*4.6
*6.9
*4.0
*5.6
*5.6
6.9
All industries
137.1
149.5
137.8
140.3
132.6
147.3

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution


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