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1350.0 - Australian Economic Indicators, Dec 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/11/2008   
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Contents >> State Comparison >> Summary

SUMMARY

State summary

Period
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
South Australia
Western Australia
Tasmania
Northern Territory
Australian Capital Territory
Australia

Selected indicators

Labour force Participation rate (%) (trend)
October 2008 (M)
63.1
64.4
67.5
63.5
69.2
62.6
72.4
72.6
65.2
Unemployment rate (%) (trend)
October 2008 (M)
5.0
4.3
3.6
5.2
2.5
3.7
3.0
2.7
4.3
Average weekly total earnings ($) (original)
August 2008 (Q)
913.28
881.84
871.49
826.39
1 002.32
754.63
940.75
1 097.00
901.75

Selected indicators per head of population(a)

Final demand ($’000) (Chain volume measures) (seasonally adjusted)
June Quarter 2008 (Q)
12.1
12.4
13.1
11.4
15.4
11.2
17.4
26.4
12.9
Retail turnover ($) (Chain volume measures) (seasonally adjusted)
September Quarter 2008 (Q)
2 346
2 504
2 572
2 406
2 815
2 392
2 632
2 910
2 495
Retail turnover ($) (trend)
September 2008 (M)
807
861
895
838
977
821
921
1 022
862
Private new capital expenditure ($) (seasonally adjusted)(b)
June Quarter 2008 (Q)
786
819
1 101
745
2 867
696
2 088
344
1 073
Registration of new motor vehicles (no. per ’000 population) (trend)
October 2008 (M)
3.463
3.999
3.904
3.267
4.427
3.048
3.865
3.455
3.760
Res. building approvals (no. per ’000 population) (trend)
September 2008 (M)
0.280
0.674
0.678
0.674
0.814
0.557
0.220
0.636
0.552
Res. building approvals ($) (original)
September 2008 (M)
60
146
214
121
196
107
70
98
132
Housing finance commitments ($) (original)
September 2008 (M)
548
525
603
501
708
332
427
593
560

Percentage change from previous period

Final demand (Chain volume measures) (seasonally adjusted)
June Quarter 2008 (Q)
-0.1
1.8
1.2
1.0
2.4
3.2
2.0
1.6
0.9
Retail turnover (Chain volume measures) (seasonally adjusted)
September Quarter 2008 (Q)
-1.8
0.8
1.2
1.4
1.2
1.4
2.8
-3.0
0.1
Retail turnover (trend)
September 2008 (M)
-0.3
0.3
0.3
0.6
0.5
0.2
0.9
0.6
0.2
Private new capital expenditure (seasonally adjusted)(b)
June Quarter 2008 (Q)
4.1
6.4
5.3
-18.6
2.3
43.0
38.2
-11.9
4.5
Registration of new motor vehicles (trend)
September 2008 (Q)
-1.7
-2.1
-2.1
-0.9
-1.0
-2.0
-2.0
-2.2
-1.8
Res. building approvals- number (trend)
September 2008 (M)
-6.9
0.1
-1.6
-1.4
-1.8
1.8
-2.0
-4.0
-2.0
Res. building approvals- value (original)
September 2008 (M)
-16.3
-8.5
22.4
7.2
-24.2
15.6
-25.2
6.5
-3.6
Consumer Price Index (original)
September Quarter 2008 (M)
1.1
1.2
1.4
1.3
1.0
1.1
1.7
1.5
1.2
Labour force participation rate (percentage points) (trend)
October 2008 (M)
-0.1
-0.1
0.0
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.0
0.0
Unemployment rate (percentage points) (trend)
October 2008 (M)
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.1
-0.2
-0.1
0.1
0.0
0.0
Average weekly total earnings (original)
August 2008 (Q)
1.2
2.2
3.2
1.2
1.6
-2.5
2.8
3.5
1.9
Housing finance commitments (original)
September 2008 (M)
-1.7
1.7
8.6
-1.7
-5.3
-0.9
17.7
13.7
1.0
Total hourly rates of pay indexes, excluding bonuses (original)
September Quarter 2008 (Q)
1.1
1.1
1.5
1.1
1.3
1.4
0.8
1.3
1.2

(a) The latest quarterly estimate of Australian resident population is shown in Table 9.2. This estimation has been used to calculate ratios for subsequent periods.
(b) Extreme care should be exercised in using the seasonally adjusted series for Private new capital expenditure for Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. The highly erratic nature of this data makes reliable estimation of the seasonal pattern very difficult.






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