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Further information on this topic can be accessed at Job Vacancies, Australia (cat. no. 6354.0). This is the final issue for 2008. The Survey of Job Vacancies will not be conducted during 2008-09. The survey will be reinstated for the November 2009 reference period.
In August 2009, total employment in Queensland in trend terms fell slightly to 2,217,700 persons the sixth consecutive monthly decrease. Full-time employed persons (1,588,700) accounted for 72% of total employed persons. Males accounted for 65% of full-time employed persons and 54% of total employed persons.
The trend estimate of the number of unemployed persons in Queensland for August 2009 was 132,900 persons. This equates to an unemployment rate of 5.7%. Since July 2004, in trend estimate terms, the Queensland unemployment rate has been lower than the national unemployment rate.
In Queensland in August 2009 the male unemployment rate was 6.0%. The corresponding female unemployment rate was 5.2%. Male unemployment rates have exceeded female unemployment rates since November 2008.
The trend estimate of the participation rate for Queensland in August 2009 was 67.3%. This rate is 2.6 percentage points higher than in August 1999. Queensland has recorded equal to or higher participation rates than the national average since September 1988.
For Queensland, the trend participation rate for females has been over 60% since June 2006 and recorded 60.8% in August 2009. This is a 4.6 percentage points increase on the female participation rate recorded in August 1999. The male participation rate in August 2009 was 73.9% which was 0.5 percentage points higher than the rate recorded for August 1999.
Further information on these topics can be accessed at Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) or by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. These publications are released monthly.
EMPLOYED PERSONS BY INDUSTRY
There were 2,220,400 employed persons in Queensland in May 2009. The five industries with the most number of employed persons were Retail trade (253,200), Construction (235,000), Health care and social assistance (246,100), Manufacturing (187,100) and Education and training (168,800). Those industries employing the least number of persons included Electricity, gas, water and waste services (29,300), Information, media and telecommunications (34,900) and Arts and recreation services (38,100).
The five industries with the most number of employed persons accounted for almost one half (49%) of Queensland's employed persons.
In the year May 2008 to May 2009, the greatest proportional increase of employed persons occurred in the Mining industry (27%). In the same period, Agriculture, forestry and fishing had the greatest proportional decrease in employed persons with a reduction of 18%.
Note: Employed persons by industry has been reported in original terms and cannot be directly compared to the trend estimates reported for Labour Force.
For more detailed information on this topic, please refer to Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003) or contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. This publication is released quarterly.
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