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Growth in full-time employment resumed in October 1992. Slower growth from mid 1995 to mid 1997 was followed by a resurgence to August 2000 which has since faltered. At August 2002, full-time employment stood 0.3% below the August 2000 peak of 6.72 million; 15% above the low point in September 1992.
The Labour Force Survey collects Australia's official estimates of employment and unemployment each month by interviewing a sample of some 63,000 persons in private households and other dwellings (e.g. hotels, motels). The survey covers the usually resident civilian population of Australia aged 15 or more.
Employed persons are those aged 15 years and over who, during the reference week:
The requirement to work for one hour or more ensures that the employment measure reflects all persons contributing to economic production.
Full-time workers are employed persons who usually work more than 35 hours a week or did so during the reference week.
Employment is an indicator of economic activity, although turning points in the employment series tend to lag turning points in the business cycle.
Government departments, financial markets, industry organisations and academic analysts use employment data to monitor the economy’s performance and to develop economic and labour market policy. Employment (and unemployment) data are also used as social indicators by government departments, research organisations and welfare organisations.
Labour Force, Australia, Preliminary (6202.0)
Monthly. Estimates of employment, unemployment, unemployment rate and labour force participation rate, classified by State and Territory, sex, age, school and tertiary attendance, full-time/part-time status. On the ABS web site, see Statistics - Employment and unemployment.
Also see the Labour Force Framework reading list.