6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Nov 2015 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/12/2015   
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NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES

Oct 2015
Nov 2015
Oct 15 to Nov 15
Nov 14 to Nov 15

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 830.5
11 855.8
25.3
2.5
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
757.9
752.3
-5.5
-2.4
%
Unemployment rate (%)
6.0
6.0
-0.1
pts
-0.3
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.1
65.1
0.0
pts
0.5
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 829.3
11 900.6
71.4
3.0
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
741.9
739.1
-2.8
-4.6
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.9
5.8
-0.1
pts
-0.4
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.0
65.3
0.3
pts
0.7
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




NOVEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,855,800.
  • Unemployment decreased to 752,300.
  • Unemployment rate decreased 0.1 pts to 6.0%, based on unrounded estimates.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 65.1% from a revised October 2015 estimate.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 4.6 million hours to 1,649.1 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 71,400 to 11,900,600. Full-time employment increased 41,600 to 8,205,800 and part-time employment increased 29,700 to 3,694,800.
  • Unemployment decreased 2,800 to 739,100. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work decreased 9,400 to 517,400 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work increased 6,600 to 221,700.
  • Unemployment rate decreased 0.1 pts to 5.8%.
  • Participation rate increased 0.3 pts to 65.3%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs decreased 12.7 million hours (0.8%) to 1,645.9 million hours.


LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION (QUARTERLY CHANGE)
  • Trend estimates: The labour force underutilisation rate decreased 0.1 pts to 14.3%.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: The labour force underutilisation rate decreased 0.2 pts to 14.3%, based on unrounded estimates. The male labour force underutilisation rate decreased 0.2 pts to 12.3%. The female labour force underutilisation rate decreased 0.2 pts to 16.6%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
December 2015 14 January 2016
January 2016 18 February 2016
February 2016 17 March 2016
March 2016 14 April 2016
April 2016 19 May 2016
May 2016 16 June 2016



WHAT'S NEW IN THE LABOUR FORCE

For details regarding the publication of quarterly rebenchmarked estimates and the release of new Labour Force products, refer to "What's new in the Labour Force". This issue also provides an update on recommendations from the independent technical review into the Labour Force Survey.


ROUNDING

Estimates of 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, movement 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 movements are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of sampling variability. 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 OCTOBER 2015 AND NOVEMBER 2015

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
71 400
13 000
to
129 800
Total Unemployment
-2 800
-39 800
to
34 200
Unemployment rate
-0.1 pts
-0.5 pts
to
0.3 pts
Participation rate
0.3 pts
-0.1 pts
to
0.7 pts




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