6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Nov 2016 Quality Declaration 
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NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES

Oct 2016
Nov 2016
Oct 16 to Nov 16
Nov 15 to Nov 16

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 946.2
11 949.3
3.1
0.7
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
714.6
714.0
-0.7
-4.2
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.6
5.6
0.0
pts
-0.3
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.5
64.5
0.0
pts
-0.6
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 934.1
11 973.2
39.1
0.7
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
708.2
725.2
17.0
-1.1
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.6
5.7
0.1
pts
-0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.4
64.6
0.2
pts
-0.6
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




NOVEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 3,100 to 11,949,300.
  • Unemployment decreased 700 to 714,000.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.6%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 64.5%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 0.8 million hours to 1665.4 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 39,100 to 11,973,200. Full-time employment increased 39,300 to 8,166,200 and part-time employment decreased 200 to 3,807,000.
  • Unemployment increased 17,000 to 725,200. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 15,100 to 512,100 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work decreased 1,900 to 213,100.
  • Unemployment rate increased 0.1 pts to 5.7%.
  • Participation rate increased 0.2 pts to 64.6%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs decreased 10.4 million hours to 1663.3 million hours.


LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION (QUARTERLY CHANGE)
  • Trend estimates: the labour force underutilisation rate remained steady at 14.2%.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: the labour force underutilisation rate decreased 0.2 pts to 14.1%. The male labour force underutilisation rate decreased 0.3 pts to 12.3%. The female labour force underutilisation rate remained steady at 16.2%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
December 2016 19 January 2017
January 2017 16 February 2017
February 2017 16 March 2017
March 2017 13 April 2017
April 2017 18 May 2017
May 2017 15 June 2017



WHAT' S NEW IN THE LABOUR FORCE

For details regarding the quarterly population rebenchmarking, and the upcoming release of pivot table outputs in the November 2016 release of Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003), please refer to the "What's New in the Labour Force" on page 9.


SPOTLIGHT ON UNDEREMPLOYMENT

A spotlight on underemployment is included with this issue, to coincide with the release of quarterly underemployment and underutilisation measures in Spreadsheets 22 and 23.


SAMPLING ERROR

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. Published estimates and movements 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 2016 AND NOVEMBER 2016

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
39 100
-19 500
to
97 700
Total Unemployment
17 000
-19 200
to
53 200
Unemployment rate
0.1 pts
-0.1 pts
to
0.3 pts
Participation rate
0.2 pts
-0.2 pts
to
0.6 pts




INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, email <client.services@abs.gov.au> or contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.