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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1994  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/05/1994   
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National summary tables


LABOUR FORCE

Units
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993

Total labour force
'000
6,954
7,068
7,199
7,451
7,679
7,867
8,083
8,346
8,491
8,518
8,574
Participation rate
%
60.6
60.5
60.5
61.4
62.0
62.2
62.6
63.5
63.6
63.0
62.6
Male participation rate
%
76.5
76.5
75.9
75.9
75.6
75.3
75.2
75.5
75.4
74.4
73.9
Female participation rate
%
44.6
45.0
45.7
47.4
48.7
49.4
50.4
51.9
52.3
51.9
51.7
Women (of labour force)
%
37.4
37.7
38.3
39.1
39.8
40.3
40.8
41.4
41.7
41.9
41.9


PAID EMPLOYMENT

Units
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993

Total employed
'000
6,329
6,388
6,579
6,860
7,044
7,256
7,549
7,832
7,782
7,637
7,634
Part-time employed (of total employed)
%
17.2
17.3
17.7
18.3
19.2
19.8
20.1
20.9
21.7
22.9
23.5
Employment/population ratio
%
55.2
54.7
55.3
56.6
56.9
57.4
58.5
59.6
58.3
56.5
55.8
Employed in service industries (of employed)
%
22.8
23.5
24.0
23.9
24.5
24.6
24.8
24.9
25.6
27.1
27.1
Employed in manufacturing industries (of employed)
%
18.4
17.8
17.5
16.7
16.2
16.2
16.1
15.5
14.9
14.4
14.5
Part-time employed who want more hours (of part-time employed)
%
19.1
19.4
17.7
16.9
18.4
18.8
17.6
18.0
21.7
26.4
29.2
Average hours worked per week by full-time workers
hours
38.2
38.7
38.8
39.1
39.7
39.7
39.7
39.8
39.9
40.6
40.3
Average weekly hours of paid overtime per employee
hours
1.2
1.1
1.2
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.3
1.1
1.1
1.2


INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Units
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993

Trade unionisation rate
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
45.6
n.a.
41.6
n.a.
40.5
n.a.
39.6
n.a.
Working days lost due to industrial disputes per 1,000 employees
days
249
248
228
242
223
269
190
217
265
158
108


UNEMPLOYMENT

Units
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993

Total unemployed
'000
624.9
680.1
619.4
591.5
635.1
610.5
534.6
513.7
709.0
881.7
940.5
Long-term unemployed
'000
127.2
202.7
192.5
172.1
176.8
169.1
145.6
116.4
149.5
255.7
336.3
Unemployment rate
%
9.0
9.6
8.6
7.9
8.3
7.8
6.6
6.2
8.4
10.4
11.0
Youth unemployment rate
%
21.5
23.3
21.3
19.9
20.3
18.9
15.7
14.9
20.0
23.8
24.5
Youth unemployment/population ratio
%
13.2
14.1
12.8
12.1
12.3
11.2
9.4
9.1
11.7
13.3
13.5
Median duration of unemployment
weeks
15.3
22.9
21.6
19.9
18.9
18.1
16.4
12.7
14.4
23.8
27.8


NOT IN LABOUR FORCE

Units
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993

Discouraged jobseekers
'000
118.2
93.7
83.0
83.6
94.4
83.8
76.1
100.9
138.2
145.6
147.4


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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