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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jun 2015 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/07/2015   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

May 2015
Jun 2015
May 15 to Jun 15
Jun 14 to Jun 15

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 752.0
11 767.2
15.2
1.9
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
756.5
753.8
-2.8
1.3
%
Unemployment rate (%)
6.0
6.0
0.0
pts
0.0
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.8
64.8
0.0
pts
0.1
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 761.2
11 768.6
7.3
1.9
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
743.4
756.1
12.8
1.4
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.9
6.0
0.1
pts
0.0
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.7
64.8
0.0
pts
0.1
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




JUNE KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,767,200.
  • Unemployment decreased to 753,800.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 6.0%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 64.8%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 2.0 million hours to 1,636.3 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 7,300 to 11,768,600. Full-time employment increased 24,500 to 8,156,200 and part-time employment decreased 17,200 to 3,612,400.
  • Unemployment increased 12,800 to 756,100. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 27,200 to 541,200 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work decreased 14,500 to 214,900.
  • Unemployment rate increased 0.1 pts to 6.0% from a revised May 2015 estimate.
  • Participation rate increased less than 0.1 pts to 64.8%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 5.1 million hours (0.3%) to 1,636.9 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
July 2015 6 August 2015
August 2015 10 September 2015
September 2015 15 October 2015
October 2015 12 November 2015
November 2015 10 December 2015
December 2015 14 January 2016



WHAT'S NEW IN THE LABOUR FORCE

The introduction of new format tables, spreadsheets and data cubes was scheduled for the June release of this and the detailed monthly issue. The introduction has been delayed pending finalisation of testing. The new outputs are now scheduled to be introduced with the July 2015 monthly issues and the August 2015 quarterly issue. Any change to this plan will be announced on Friday 31 July at the latest. Details of the new format outputs are on page 6.

The ABS will delay the release of the September 2015 Labour Force releases due to the two public holidays in the weeks preceding the current release date. The September 2015 issue of Labour Force, Australia will be released on 15 October.

An article presenting an assessment of the volatility in the Labour Force series will be released on 16 July with the June 2015 issue of the detailed monthly Labour Force data (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001).

Annual benchmarking of aggregate monthly hours worked will occur with the July 2015 issue. For details see page 7.

An update on recommendations 10 and 11 from the independent technical review into the Labour Force Survey is available on page 8.


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 MAY 2015 AND JUNE 2015

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
7 300
-50 900
to
65 500
Total Unemployment
12 800
-24 800
to
50 400
Unemployment rate
0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.5 pts
Participation rate
0.0 pts
-0.4 pts
to
0.4 pts




INQUIRIES

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