1318.3 - Qld Stats, Nov 2009  
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Job vacancies

Employed persons


Participation Rate

Employed persons by industry


In original terms, Queensland's total number of job vacancies increased to 41,600 in May 2008 from 38,600 in February 2008. The May 2008 vacancies were 17% higher than in May 2007. Public sector vacancies accounted for around one in ten (7.7%) of total job vacancies in May 2008.

Job Vacancies, Original - Queensland
Graph: Job Vacancies, Original—Queensland

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 October 2009, total employment in Queensland in trend terms rose slightly to 2,224,100 persons, the third monthly rise following five consecutive monthly decreases. Full-time employed persons (1,588,000) accounted for 71% of total employed persons. Males accounted for 65% of full-time employed persons and 54% of total employed persons.

Employed Persons, Trend - Queensland
Graph: Employed Persons, Trend—Queensland


The trend estimate of the number of unemployed persons in Queensland for October 2009 was 144,900 persons. This equates to an unemployment rate of 6.1%. In trend estimate terms, the Queensland unemployment rate has had fourteen consecutive monthly increases and for the last two months has been higher than the national unemployment rate.

Unemployment Rate(a), Trend
Graph: Unemployment Rate(a), Trend

In Queensland in October 2009 the male unemployment rate was 6.2%. The corresponding female unemployment rate was 6.0%. Male unemployment rates have exceeded female unemployment rates since November 2008.

Unemployment Rate(a), Trend - Queensland
Graph: Unemployment Rate(a), Trend—Queensland


The trend estimate of the participation rate for Queensland in October 2009 was 67.5%. This rate is 2.7 percentage points higher than in October 1999. Queensland has recorded equal to or higher participation rates than the national average since September 1988.

Participation Rate, Trend
Graph: Participation Rate, Trend

For Queensland, the trend participation rate for females has been over 60% since June 2006 and recorded 61.3% in October 2009. This is a 4.8 percentage points increase over the female participation rate recorded in October 1999. The male participation rate in October 2009 was 73.9% which was 0.6 percentage points higher than the rate recorded for October 1999.

Participation Rate, Trend - Queensland
Graph: Participation Rate, Trend—Queensland

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.


There were 2,214,000 employed persons in Queensland in August 2009. The five industries with the most number of employed persons were Retail trade (253,300), Health care and social assistance (249,400), Construction (227,100), Manufacturing (193,200) and Education and training (157,300). Those industries employing the least number of persons included Information, media and telecommunications (25,900), Electricity, gas, water and waste services (27,100) and Arts and recreation services (31,100).

The five industries with the most number of employed persons accounted for almost one half (49%) of Queensland's employed persons.

Employed Persons by Industry, Original - Percentage of total employed: Queensland - August 2009
Graph: Employed Persons by Industry, Original—Percentage of total employed: Queensland—August 2009

In the year August 2008 to August 2009, the greatest proportional increase of employed persons occurred in the Health care and social assistance industry (25%). In the same period, Information media and telecommunications had the greatest proportional decrease in employed persons with a reduction of 22%.

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.