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1345.4 - SA Stats, Oct 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/11/2006   
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LABOUR FORCE


JOB VACANCIES

In original terms, South Australia's total number of job vacancies rose to about 10,800 in May 2006, considerably higher than the 7,400 recorded a year earlier.


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


EMPLOYED PERSONS

In trend terms, total employment in South Australia continues to rise, reaching a record high of about 752,500 persons in August 2006. Similarly, Australia recorded a series high of about 10,252,600 persons.


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


In the twelve months to August 2006, growth in full-time employment contributed 78.2% (about 8,700 persons) of total trend employment growth (of about 11,200 persons) in South Australia and 71.9% of national growth (about 160,400 persons out of about 223,200 persons).


UNEMPLOYMENT

The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for South Australia has continued to fall since March 2006, reaching 4.8% in August 2006. A similar pattern has been observed nationally, with Australia also recording a current rate of 4.8%.

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)

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


For South Australia, the trend unemployment rate for females has risen, up from 4.4% in August 2005 to 5.0% in August 2006. In contrast, the level for males has fallen, down from 5.3% in August 2005 to 4.7% in August 2006.

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