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1345.4 - SA Stats, Jun 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/07/2007   
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Image: Labour ForceLABOUR FORCE

JOB VACANCIES
In original terms, South Australia's total number of job vacancies increased to about 10,200 in May 2007 from 9,900 in February 2007. The May 2007 vacancies were 6% lower than in May 2006.


JOB VACANCIES, Original, South Australia
Graph: Job Vacancies, Original, South Australia
Source: Job Vacancies, Australia (cat. no. 6354.0)


EMPLOYED PERSONS
In trend terms, total employment in South Australia fell by 0.8% from a record high of about 759,200 persons in November 2006 to 752,900 persons in May 2007. Total employment in Australia however recorded a series high of about 10,432,400 persons in May 2007.


TOTAL EMPLOYED PERSONS(a), Trend, South Australia
Graph: Total Employed Persons(a), Trend, South Australia
Source: Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0)


UNEMPLOYMENT
The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for South Australia fell to 4.9% in May 2007 after reaching a peak of 5.3% in January 2007. Australia's unemployment rate fell to 4.3% in May 2007 (from 4.5% in January 2007).

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE(a), Trend, South Australia and Australia
Graph: Unemployment  Rate(a), Trend, South Australia and Australia
Source: Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0)


For South Australia, the trend unemployment rate for females fell to 4.7% in May 2007 after being steady at 5.0% for the four months September to December 2006. For males the unemployment rate fell to 5.1% in May 2007, after reaching a peak of 5.6% in January 2007.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE(a), Trend, South Australia
Graph: Unemployment Rate(a), Trend, South Australia
Source: Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0)



PARTICIPATION RATE
The trend estimate of the participation rate for South Australia in May 2007 was 61.8%, down from 62.6% in January 2007. In the ten year period from May 1997, the lowest estimate was 59.7% in May and June of 1998. Australia's trend participation rate remained steady at 64.9% for the four months to May 2007. The lowest participation rate reported for Australia was 62.8% in April and May of 1999 for the ten year period from May 1997.

PARTICIPATION RATE(a), Trend, South Australia and Australia
Graph: Participation Rate(a), Trend, South Australia and Australia
Source: Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0)


For South Australia, the trend participation rate for females has remained above 55.0% since February 2006. The high point was 56.5% in November 2006, falling slightly to 56.2% in January 2007, and 55.1% in May 2007. Nationally the female participation rate has remained at 57.7% since January 2007. After a high of 69.4% in November 2006, the participation rate for South Australian males has steadily dropped to 68.8% in May 2007. The Australian participation rate for males has been consistently higher than that for South Australia since May 1997, and was 72.3% in May 2007.

PARTICIPATION RATE(a), Trend, South Australia
Graph: Participation Rate(a), Trend, South Australia
Source: Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0)


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