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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1999  
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State summary tables


LABOUR FORCE

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT(a)
ACT
Aust.

Total labour force
'000
1997-98
3,060
2,327
1,737
719
938
218
94
166
9,261
Females - (of total labour force)
%
1997-98
42.9
43.5
43.4
43.2
42.3
42.4
42.9
47.3
43.2
Participation rate
%
1997-98
61.5
63.2
65.0
60.8
66.2
59.1
70.3
71.4
63.1
Male participation rate
%
1997-98
71.6
73.1
74.3
70.6
76.5
69.7
76.7
78.1
73.0
Female participation rate
%
1997-98
51.8
53.8
55.8
51.4
56.0
49.0
63.3
65.1
53.6
Females in the labour force with children aged 0-4 years (of all females with children aged 0-4)
%
1998
48.5
46.5
51.7
47.9
44.3
44.9
36.7
62.8
48.2
Standardised participation rate
%
1997-98
61.6
63.3
65.0
60.9
66.1
59.2
70.0
71.5
63.7
Participation rate of persons aged 15-19 years
%
1997-98
53.9
56.4
63.0
55.8
64.7
56.9
54.3
59.4
57.7
Participation rate of persons aged 20-24 years
%
1997-98
80.4
83.6
82.8
83.2
81.7
79.3
75.1
83.7
82.0
Median age of male labour force
years
1997-98
37.7
37.4
37.2
37.7
37.4
37.9
36.0
37.1
37.5
Median age of female labour force
years
1997-98
36.3
36.0
36.1
37.1
36.2
36.9
35.0
36.9
36.2

(a) Estimates for Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.

Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30 June.

EMPLOYED PEOPLE

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT(a)
ACT
Aust.

Total employed
'000
1997-98
2,826
2,129
1,582
649
872
194
90
154
8,496
Employment/population ratio
ratio
1997-98
56.8
57.9
59.2
54.8
61.6
52.6
66.8
66.0
57.9
Part-time work
    Part-time workers (of total employed)
%
1997-98
23.8
26.1
26.4
28.5
26.3
29.3
20.2
24.6
25.6
    Male part-time workers (of total male employed)
%
1997-98
11.0
12.5
12.6
13.3
11.5
13.6
11.1
13.9
12.0
    Female part-time workers (of total females employed)
%
1997-98
40.7
43.8
44.2
48.3
46.5
50.2
32.1
36.4
43.3
    Female part-time workers (of total part-time employed)
%
1997-98
73.6
73.0
73.1
73.6
74.8
73.6
68.7
70.4
73.4
    Average hours worked per week by part-time workers
hours
1997-98
16.1
15.6
16.3
16.5
15.4
15.9
17.3
15.7
16.0
    Part-time workers who prefer more hours (of all part-time employed)
%
1997-98
23.9
25.4
28.4
29.0
24.2
29.9
20.9
27.7
25.8
    Part-time workers who worked 15 hours or less per week (of all part-time employed)
%
1997-98
49.1
52.7
50.3
49.0
54.2
50.1
41.0
52.2
50.8
Average hours worked per week by full-time workers
hours
1997-98
41.2
41.3
41.8
41.3
41.5
40.0
41.2
39.7
41.3
Full-time workers working more than 49 hours per week (of all full-time employed)
%
1997-98
22.9
25.7
24.4
20.7
26.4
26.1
19.4
25.9
24.9
Average weekly hours of paid overtime per employee
hours
1998
1.0
1.1
1.0
0.8
1.1
0.7
1.4
0.5
1.0
Employers and own account workers (of total employed)
%
1997-98
13.9
12.9
16.1
16.1
15.7
15.9
8.1
9.4
14.3
Industry
Employed in service industries (of total employed)
%
1997-98
73.1
72.1
73.2
70.1
72.0
72.9
79.9
90.0
72.6
Employed in manufacturing industries (of total employed)
%
1997-98
13.6
10.6
11.0
15.6
10.2
12.0
3.8
3.0
13.2
Sector
Private sector employees (of all employees)
%
1998
79.9
82.1
76.7
76.6
79.4
73.5
67.9
49.9
78.8
Employed in small business (of all private sector employed)
%
1998
49.2
49.1
54.8
52.4
51.1
54.0
47.1
58.5
50.8
Occupation
Employed in highest skill (ASCO Skill Level 1) occupations(b)
%
1998
26.7
26.3
22.8
23.7
23.2
21.2
23.8
32.4
25.2
Employed in lowest skill (ASCO Skill Level 5) occupations(b)
%
1998
19.4
19.7
20.9
21.8
21.1
22.9
20.7
18.0
20.1
Females-of all employed in highest skill (ASCO Skill Level 1) occupations(b)
%
1998
40.7
40.7
42.5
40.6
39.5
42.0
47.7
44.4
41.0

(a) Estimates for Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.
(b) ASCO second edition was introduced in August 1996. Data prior to this date are concorded with ASCO second edition at the major group level.

Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30 June, except occupation (August).

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT(a)
ACT
Aust.

Trade union membership
%
1998
29.4
27.6
28.2
30.9
21.8
34.7
24.2
28.4
28.1
Median age of trade union members
years
1998
39
38
38
39
40
38
40
41
39
Working days lost due to industrial disputes (per 1,000 employees)
days
1998
77
108
38
30
83
19
8
36
72

(a) Estimates for Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.

Reference periods: Working days lost due to industrial disputes data are for year ending 31 December, and trade union membership is at August.

UNEMPLOYMENT

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT (a)
ACT
Aust.

Total unemployed
'000
1997-98
233.2
197.6
155.5
70.8
66.0
23.9
4.7
12.5
764.2
Long-term unemployed
%
1997-98
33.8
32.7
27.8
38.7
22.1
39.7
*14.0
24.6
31.6
Unemployment rate
%
1997-98
7.6
8.5
8.9
9.8
7.0
11.0
5.0
7.5
8.3
Male unemployment rate
%
1997-98
7.8
8.5
9.2
10.3
7.1
11.9
5.4
8.1
8.5
Female unemployment rate
%
1997-98
7.3
8.4
8.6
9.2
6.9
9.7
4.4
6.9
8.0
Full-time job seekers:
    Persons aged 15-19 years (of all persons aged 15-19)
%
1997-98
6.0
6.1
7.3
7.9
6.3
9.4
*3.3
6.2
6.5
    Persons aged 20-24 years (of all persons aged 20-24)
%
1997-98
7.7
9.0
9.6
10.6
8.0
12.0
*4.0
8.4
8.7
Median duration of unemployment - males
weeks
1997-98
31
30
24
35
18
39
**
23
28
Median duration of unemployment - females
weeks
1997-98
20
21
17
27
13
25
**
14
20
Unemployment rate - capital cities
%
1997-98
6.3
8.2
8.2
10.0
7.2
9.6
5.0
7.5
7.6
Unemployment rate - balance of State
%
1997-98
10.2
9.3
9.6
9.3
6.5
11.0
n.a
n.a
9.4

(a) Estimates for Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.

Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30 June.

NOT IN THE LABOUR FORCE

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT (a)
ACT
Aust.

Marginally attached
'000
1998
294.1
221.7
185.7
77.9
96.1
27.6
4.3
15.3
922.6
Discouraged jobseekers
'000
1998
38.1
26.8
20.1
10.4
11.1
2.8
*0.5
*1.0
110.9

(a) Estimates for Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.

Reference periods: Not in the labour force data are at September.

TRANSITION TO RETIREMENT

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT (a)
ACT
Aust.

Participation rate of males aged 55-59 years
%
1997-98
70.5
75.2
73.2
68.9
77.8
63.3
67.7
71.7
72.5
Participation rate of females aged 55-59 years
%
1997-98
40.8
40.1
45.2
40.3
48.2
36.1
51.7
60.7
42.3
Participation rate of males aged 60-64 years
%
1997-98
43.6
46.5
47.9
42.4
51.8
38.1
*54.7
53.0
45.8
Participation rate of females aged 60-64 years
%
1997-98
20.2
17.5
18.8
17.0
21.2
14.7
22.6
34.7
19.1
Persons retired from full-time work (of all persons aged 50-64)
%
1997
44.0
47.2
44.1
47.6
44.3
48.5
20.6
36.4
45.0

(a) Estimates for Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.

Reference periods:Retirement data are at October/November.

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