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The number of males employed full-time in South Australia in January 2010 was 352,500 (in trend terms); a 0.6% increase from the previous month (350,500). Looking at the composition of all male employees, those working full-time accounted for 80.6% of the male workforce, down from 84.5% in January 2009. The number of females employed full-time has increased slightly over the last two months to be 180,600 in January 2010. However, this estimate is 2.7% below the peak recorded in May 2009 (185,600). At that time full-time female employees accounted for 49.9% of the female workforce. In January 2010, this proportion was 49.4%.
The trend estimate unemployment rate for South Australia fell to 4.9% in January 2010; the lowest level since July 2008. Australian unemployment fell marginally to 5.4% for the same period. South Australia's rate has been lower than the national rate since May 2009.
Having peaked at 6.2% in the middle of 2009, the trend unemployment rate for males in South Australia has fallen by 1.6 percentage points to be 4.6% in January 2010. For the second month running, the unemployment estimate for South Australian males is lower than that for females. Following a period of sharp decline in the first half of 2009, where the estimate fell from 5.7% to 4.9%, the trend unemployment rate for South Australian females increased until November 2009. Since that time the rate has held steady at 5.2%.
Nationally the trend unemployment rate for both males and females was 5.4% in January 2010.
The trend estimate of the participation rate for South Australia has shown little movement over the last six months and was 63.2% in January 2010. Australia's trend participation rate has been relatively flat over the same period and was 65.3% in January 2010.
In South Australia, the participation rate for males rose for the sixth consecutive month to be 70.2% in January 2010. The Australian participation rate for males remained at 72.2%. In contrast to the movement in the male series, the participation rate for South Australian females has fallen for the eighth consecutive month. From a peak of 57.9% in April and May 2009, the estimate has fallen to 56.6% in January 2010. The Australian female participation rate remained steady at 58.5% in January 2010.
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