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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1998  
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National summary tables


LABOUR FORCE

Units
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997

Total labour force '000
7,680
7,867
8,083
8,346
8,492
8,518
8,574
8,696
8,888
9,066
9,186
Participation rate %
62.0
62.2
62.6
63.5
63.6
63.0
62.6
62.8
63.3
63.7
63.5
Male participation rate %
75.6
75.3
75.2
75.5
75.3
74.4
73.9
73.6
73.8
73.9
73.4
Female participation rate %
48.7
49.4
50.4
51.9
52.3
51.9
51.7
52.2
53.2
53.8
53.9
Women (of total labour force) %
39.8
40.3
40.8
41.4
41.7
41.9
41.9
42.3
42.7
42.9
43.1

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

Units
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997

Total employed '000
7,044
7,256
7,549
7,832
7,782
7,637
7,634
7,781
8,093
8,300
8,389
Part-time employed (of total employed)%
19.2
19.8
20.1
20.9
21.7
22.9
23.5
23.8
24.4
24.6
25.1
Male part-time employed (of total male employed)%
6.7
7.1
7.2
8.0
8.5
9.7
10.2
10.4
10.9
11.0
11.7
Female part-time employed (of total female employed)%
38.3
38.7
38.9
39.5
40.2
41.1
41.7
42.0
42.5
42.5
42.9
Part-time employed who prefer more hours (of part-time employed)%
18.4
18.7
17.6
18.0
21.7
26.4
29.2
28.3
26.1
26.2
26.3
Casually employed (of total employed)%
n.a.
18.9
20.0
19.4
20.3
22.3
22.7
23.7
24.0
26.1
25.7
Job mobile in previous year%
17.1.
18.2
19.7
22.0
21.9
19.7
n.a.
22.1
n.a.
24.3
n.a.
Average hours worked per week by full-time workershours
39.7
39.7
39.7
39.8
39.9
40.6
40.3
40.7
40.9
40.5
41.0
Average weekly hours of paid overtime per employeehours
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.3
1.1
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.2
1.1
1.1
Employed in service industries (of total employed)%
67.2
67.7
67.7
68.7
69.5
70.9
70.6
70.9
71.4
72.1
72.3
Employed in manufacturing industries (of total employed)%
16.0
16.0
15.9
15.3
14.7
14.2
14.2
14.0
13.8
13.4
13.5
Employment/population ratio%
56.9
57.4
58.5
59.6
58.3
56.5
55.8
56.2
57.7
58.3
58.0

Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30 June except: average weekly hours of paid overtime (year ending 31 December); casually employed (August); and job mobility (February).

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Units
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997

Trade union membership %
n.a.
41.6
n.a.
40.5
n.a.
39.6
37.6
35.0
32.7
31.1
30.3
Working days lost due to industrial disputes (per 1,000 employees)days
223
269
190
207
248
147
100
76
79
131
74

Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30 June except: working days lost due to industrial disputes (year ending 31 December); and trade union membership (August).

UNEMPLOYMENT

Units
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997

Total unemployed '000
635.1
610.5
534.6
513.7
709.0
881.7
940.5
915.5
794.6
766.7
796.5
Long-term unemployed'000
176.8
169.1
145.6
116.4
149.5
255.7
336.3
334.8
273.6
226.5
233.1
Unemployment rate%
8.3
7.8
6.6
6.2
8.4
10.4
11.0
10.5
8.9
8.5
8.7
Teenage unemployment rate %
20.3
18.9
15.7
14.9
20.0
23.8
24.4
23.8
20.9
20.7
20.9
Teenage unemployment/population ratio %
12.3
11.2
9.4
9.1
11.7
13.3
13.5
13.3
12.3
12.3
12.3
Median duration of unemployment weeks
18.6
17.7
15.9
12.3
14.3
23.4
27.4
27.5
23.8
20.3
19.8

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

NOT IN LABOUR FORCE

Units
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997

Marginally attached '000
696.4
721.7
708.4
752.5
819.3
846.4
907.8
773.3
862.8
879.6
890.5
Discouraged jobseekers'000
94.4
83.8
76.1
100.9
138.2
145.6
147.4
106.5
111.9
118.9
118.4

Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30 June except not in the labour force data (September).

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