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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1997  
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National summary tables


LABOUR FORCE

Units
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996

Total labour force
'000
7,451
7,679
7,867
8,083
8,346
8,491
8,518
8,574
8,696
8,888
9,066
Participation rate
%
61.4
62.0
62.2
62.6
63.5
63.6
63.0
62.6
62.8
63.3
63.7
Male participation rate
%
75.9
75.6
75.3
75.2
75.5
75.3
74.4
73.9
73.6
73.8
73.9
Female participation rate
%
47.4
48.7
49.4
50.4
51.9
52.3
51.9
51.7
52.2
53.2
53.8
Women (of labour force)
%
39.1
39.8
40.3
40.8
41.4
41.7
41.9
41.9
42.3
42.7
42.9

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

Units
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996

Total employed
'000
6,860
7,044
7,256
7,549
7,832
7,782
7,637
7,634
7,781
8,093
8,300
Part-time employed (of total employed)
%
18.3
19.2
19.8
20.1
20.9
21.7
22.9
23.5
23.8
24.4
24.6
Employment/population ratio
%
56.6
56.9
57.4
58.5
59.6
58.3
56.5
55.8
56.2
57.7
58.3
Employed in service industries (of total employed)
%
r66.6
r67.2
r67.7
r67.7
r68.7
r69.5
r70.9
r70.6
r70.9
71.4
72.1
Employed in manufacturing industries (of total employed)
%
r16.5
r16.0
r16.0
r15.9
r15.3
r14.7
r14.2
r14.2
r14.0
13.8
13.4
Part-time employed who prefer more hours (of part-time employed)
%
16.9
18.4
18.7
17.6
18.0
21.7
26.4
29.2
28.3
26.1
26.2
Average hours worked per week by full-time workers
hours
39.1
39.7
39.7
39.7
39.8
39.9
40.6
40.3
40.7
40.9
40.5
Average weekly hours of paid overtime per employee
hours
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.3
1.1
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.2
1.1

Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30th June except for average weekly hours of paid overtime per employee (calendar year).

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Units
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996

Trade union membership rate
%
45.6
n.a.
41.6
n.a.
40.5
n.a.
39.6
n.a.
35.0
n.a.
31.1
Working days lost due to industrial disputes per 1,000 employees
days
242
223
269
190
207
248
147
100
76
79
131

Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30th June except for trade union membership rate (August of year), and working days lost due to industrial disputes per 1,000 employees (calendar year)
.
UNEMPLOYMENT

Units
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996

Total unemployed
'000
591.5
635.1
610.5
534.6
513.7
709.0
881.7
940.5
915.5
794.6
766.7
Long-term unemployed
'000
172.1
176.8
169.1
145.6
116.4
149.5
255.7
336.3
334.8
273.6
226.5
Unemployment rate
%
7.9
8.3
7.8
6.6
6.2
8.4
10.4
11.0
10.5
8.9
8.5
Youth unemployment rate
%
19.9
20.3
18.9
15.7
14.9
20.0
23.8
24.4
23.8
20.9
20.7
Youth unemployment/population ratio
%
12.1
12.3
11.2
9.4
9.1
11.7
13.3
13.5
13.3
12.3
12.3
Adult unemployment/population ratio
%
4.0
4.2
4.0
3.5
3.3
4.6
5.8
6.2
5.9
5.0
4.7
Median duration of unemployment
weeks
19.3
18.6
17.7
15.9
12.3
14.3
23.4
27.4
27.5
23.8
20.3

Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30th June
.
NOT IN LABOUR FORCE

Units
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996

Discouraged jobseekers
'000
83.6
94.4
83.8
76.1
100.9
138.2
145.6
147.4
106.5
111.9
118.9

Reference periods: Discouraged jobseekers data are for September of year.

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