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1345.4 - SA Stats, Mar 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/03/2009   
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LABOUR FORCE


CONTENTS

Employed persons

Unemployment

Participation rate


EMPLOYED PERSONS

In trend terms, the total number of persons employed in South Australia in February 2009 was 790,000, a decrease of 500 from the number of persons employed in January 2009 (790,500). The total number of persons employed in Australia in February 2009 was 10,811,700, an increase of 400 on the number employed in January 2009 (10,811,300).

EMPLOYED PERSONS, Trend, South Australia
Graph: EMPLOYED PERSONS, Trend, South Australia


The number of males employed full-time in South Australia in February 2009 was 359,900 (in trend terms), a decrease from 361,500 in January 2009. The number of females employed full-time in South Australia in February 2009 remained steady at 178,200.


UNEMPLOYMENT

The trend estimate unemployment rate for South Australia increased slightly from 5.6% in January 2009 to 5.7% in February 2009. Australia's unemployment rate also increased slightly from 4.8% in January 2009 to 4.9% in February 2009.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE(a), Trend
Graph: UNEMPLOYMENT RATE(a), Trend


For South Australia, the trend unemployment rate for males increased slightly from 5.4% in January 2009 to 5.6% in February 2009. The trend unemployment rate for females in South Australia remained steady in February 2009 at 5.9%.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE(a), Trend, South Australia
Graph: UNEMPLOYMENT RATE(a), Trend, South Australia



PARTICIPATION RATE

The trend estimate of the participation rate for South Australia in February 2009 remained steady at 63.5%. Australia's trend participation rate increased slightly from 65.3% in January 2009 to 65.4% in February 2009.

PARTICIPATION RATE, Trend
Graph: PARTICIPATION RATE, Trend


For South Australia, the trend participation rate for males dropped slightly from 70.2% in January 2009 to 70.1% in February 2009. The Australian participation rate for males also dropped slightly from 72.3% in January 2009 to 72.2% in February 2009. The participation rate for South Australian females increased slightly from 57.1% in January 2009 to 57.2% in February 2009. The Australian female participation rate also increased slightly over this period from 58.6% in January 2009 to 58.7% in February 2009.

PARTICIPATION RATE, Trend, South Australia
Graph: PARTICIPATION RATE, Trend, South Australia



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