CIVILIAN LABOUR FORCE BY REGION
Between March 2008 and March 2009, the Victorian labour force increased by 43,700 people (1.6%). During this period, the number of employed people fell by 1,300 and the number of unemployed increased by 45,100 (35.9%). The Victorian unemployment rate increased from 4.5% to 6.0% over the same period.
The labour force grew by 40,200 people (1.9%) in the Melbourne Major Statistical Region (MSR) and by 3,500 people (0.5%) in the Balance of Victoria MSR.
The proportion of employed people who worked full-time fell from 70.5% to 69.9% in the Melbourne MSR and from 68.0% to 64.7% in the Balance of Victoria MSR.
The number of unemployed people increased by 34,300 (36.6%) in the Melbourne MSR and by 10,600 (33.3%) in the Balance of Victoria MSR between March 2008 and March 2009. The labour force participation rate remained constant at 66.0% in the Melbourne MSR and fell from 62.3% to 61.7% in the Balance of Victoria MSR.
Within the Balance of Victoria MSR, the Loddon-Mallee Statistical Region (SR) recorded the largest increase in employment (5,400), followed by the Central Highlands-Wimmera SR (700). The largest falls in employment were recorded in the Barwon-Western District SR (-5,700), the All Gippsland SR (-4,600) and the Goulburn-Ovens-Murray SR (-2,900).
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