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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, May 2014 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/06/2014   
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MAY KEY FIGURES

Apr 2014
May 2014
Apr 14 to May 14
May 13 to May 14

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 560.0
11 573.1
13.1
0.9
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
721.9
719.7
-2.2
5.2
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.9
5.9
0.0
pts
0.2
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.7
64.7
0.0
pts
-0.4
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 569.4
11 564.6
-4.8
0.9
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
713.9
717.1
3.2
6.5
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.8
5.8
0.0
pts
0.3
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.7
64.6
-0.1
pts
-0.4
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




MAY KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,573,100.
  • Unemployment decreased to 719,700.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.9%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 64.7%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked decreased 2.1 million hours (0.1%) to 1,598.6 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment decreased 4,800 to 11,564,600. Full-time employment increased 22,200 to 8,068,300 and part-time employment decreased 27,000 to 3,496,200.
  • Unemployment increased 3,200 to 717,100. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 9,000 to 529,700 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work decreased 5,900 to 187,400.
  • The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8%.
  • Participation rate decreased 0.1 pts to 64.6%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 26.5 million hours (1.7%) to 1 ,604.5 million hours.


LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION (QUARTERLY CHANGE)
  • Trend estimates: The labour force underutilisation rate remained steady at 13.5%.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: The labour force underutilisation rate was 13.5%. The male labour force underutilisation rate remained steady at 11.5%. The female labour force underutilisation rate increased by less than 0.1 pts to 15.9%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
June 2014 10 July 2014
July 2014 7 August 2014
August 2014 11 September 2014
September 2014 9 October 2014
October 2014 6 November 2014
November 2014 11 December 2014



WHAT'S NEW IN THE LABOUR FORCE

For information on forthcoming changes to Labour Force outputs and revision to active job search steps, refer to 'What's New in the Labour Force' on pages 5-6.


ROUNDING

Estimates of monthly and quarterly changes shown on the front cover and used in the commentary have been calculated using unrounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movements obtained from the rounded estimates. The graphs on the front cover also depict unrounded estimates.


SAMPLING ERROR

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. Published estimates and the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of sampling variability (see Standard Errors section). The interval bounded by two standard errors is the 95% confidence interval, which provides a way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates. There is a 95% chance that the true value of the estimate lies within that interval.

MOVEMENTS IN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED SERIES BETWEEN APRIL 2014 AND MAY 2014

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
-4 800
-62 200
to
52 600
Total Unemployment
3 200
-34 000
to
40 400
Unemployment rate
0.0 pts
-0.4 pts
to
0.4 pts
Participation rate
-0.1 pts
-0.5 pts
to
0.3 pts




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