6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Sep 2017 Quality Declaration 
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Aug 2017
Sep 2017
Aug 17 to Sep 17
Sep 16 to Sep 17

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
12 257.5
12 281.2
23.8
2.8
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
718.8
716.6
-2.2
-0.3
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.5
5.5
0.0
pts
-0.2
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.2
65.2
0.1
pts
0.6
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
12 270.4
12 290.2
19.8
3.1
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
723.3
711.5
-11.8
-0.7
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.6
5.5
-0.1
pts
-0.2
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.2
65.2
0.0
pts
0.8
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 23,800 to 12,281,200.
  • Unemployment decreased 2,200 to 716,600.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.5%, following a revised August 2017 estimate.
  • Participation rate increased by less than 0.1 pts, but remained at 65.2% in rounded terms.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 3.1 million hours (0.2%) to 1,714.5 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 19,800 to 12,290,200. Full-time employment increased 6,100 to 8,398,200 and part-time employment increased 13,700 to 3,892,000.
  • Unemployment decreased 11,800 to 711,500. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work decreased 10,600 to 487,100 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work decreased 1,200 to 224,400.
  • Unemployment rate decreased 0.1 pts to 5.5%.
  • Participation remained steady at 65.2%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 11.2 million hours (0.7%) to 1,718.2 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
October 2017 16 November 2017
November 2017 14 December 2017
December 2017 18 January 2018
January 2018 15 February 2018
February 2018 22 March 2018
March 2018 19 April 2018



UPDATE ON TIMING OF MAJOR REBENCHMARKING

For an update on the revised timing of the major rebenchmarking please refer to "What's new in the Labour Force".


ROUNDING

Estimates of changes shown on the front cover and used in the commentary have been calculated using unrounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movement 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 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 AUGUST 2017 AND SEPTEMBER 2017

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
19 800
-39 600
to
79 200
Total Unemployment
-11 800
-48 800
to
25 200
Unemployment rate
-0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.1 pts
Participation rate
0.0 pts
-0.4 pts
to
0.4 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.