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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1995  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/06/1995   
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National summary tables


LABOUR FORCE

Units
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

Total labour force '000
7,068
7,199
7,451
7,679
7,867
8,083
8,346
8,491
8,518
8,574
8,696
Participation rate %
60.5
60.5
61.4
62.0
62.2
62.6
63.5
63.6
63.0
62.6
62.8
Male participation rate %
76.5
75.9
75.9
75.6
75.3
75.2
75.5
75.4
74.4
73.9
73.6
Female participation rate%
45.0
45.7
47.4
48.7
49.4
50.4
51.9
52.3
51.9
51.7
52.2
Women (of labour force)%
37.7
38.3
39.1
39.8
40.3
40.8
41.4
41.7
41.9
41.9
42.3



PAID EMPLOYMENT

Units
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

Total employed '000
6,388
6,579
6,860
7,044
7,256
7,549
7,832
7,782
7,637
7,634
7,781
Part-time employed (of total employed)%
17.3
17.7
18.3
19.2
19.8
20.1
20.9
21.7
22.9
23.5
23.8
Employment/population ratio%
54.7
55.3
56.6
56.9
57.4
58.5
59.6
58.3
56.5
55.8
56.2
Employed in service industries (of employed)%
65.3
65.8
66.5
66.9
67.6
67.8
68.2
69.1
70.6
70.9
70.7
Employed in manufacturing industries (of employed)%
17.8
17.5
16.7
16.1
15.9
15.8
15.6
14.8
14.2
14.1
13.9
Part-time employed who want more hours (of part-time employed)%
19.4
17.7
16.9
18.4
18.8
17.6
18.0
21.7
26.4
29.2
28.3
Average hours worked per week by full-time workershours
38.7
38.8
39.1
39.7
39.7
39.7
39.8
39.9
40.6
40.3
40.7
Average weekly hours of paid overtime per employeehours
1.1
1.2
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.3
1.1
1.1
1.2
1.3



INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Units
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

Trade union membership rate %
n.a.
n.a.
45.6
n.a.
41.6
n.a.
40.5
n.a.
39.6
n.a.
35.0
Working days lost due to industrial disputes per 1,000 employeesdays
248
228
242
223
269
190
217
265
158
108
86



UNEMPLOYMENT

Units
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

Total unemployed '000
680.1
619.4
591.5
635.1
610.5
534.6
513.7
709.0
881.7
940.5
915.5
Long-term unemployed'000
202.7
192.5
172.1
176.8
169.1
145.6
116.4
149.5
255.7
336.3
334.8
Unemployment rate%
9.6
8.6
7.9
8.3
7.8
6.6
6.2
8.4
10.4
11.0
10.5
Youth unemployment rate %
23.3
21.3
19.9
20.3
18.9
15.7
14.9
20.0
23.8
24.5
23.8
Youth unemployment/population ratio %
14.1
12.8
12.1
12.3
11.2
9.4
9.1
11.7
13.3
13.5
13.3
Median duration of unemployment weeks
22.9
21.6
19.9
18.9
18.1
16.4
12.7
14.4
23.8
27.8
27.5



NOT IN LABOUR FORCE

Units
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

Discouraged jobseekers'000
93.7
83.0
83.6
94.4
83.8
76.1
100.9
138.2
145.6
147.4
106.5

Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30th June except for average weekly hours of paid overtime per employee, trade unionisation rate, working days lost due to industrial disputes per 1,000 employees, and discouraged jobseekers.

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