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National summary tables

LABOUR FORCE

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

Total labour force '000
8,488
8,514
8,569
8,690
8,881
9,061
9,169
9,256
9,395
9,574
9,755
Females (of total labour force) %
41.7
41.9
41.9
42.3
42.7
43.0
43.1
43.2
43.3
43.6
43.9
Participation rate %
63.6
62.9
62.6
62.7
63.3
63.6
63.4
63.1
63.1
63.4
63.7
Male participation rate %
75.3
74.3
73.8
73.6
73.8
73.8
73.4
72.9
72.8
72.5
72.5
Female participation rate%
52.3
51.9
51.7
52.2
53.2
53.8
53.8
53.6
53.8
54.5
55.2
Females in the labour force with children aged 0-4 years (of all females with children aged 0-4 years)%
44.5
46.6
45.3
46.1
49.3
47.4
47.7
48.2
47.1
49.3
49.8
Standardised participation rate %
63.7
63.1
62.8
63.0
63.6
64.0
63.9
63.7
63.8
64.1
64.5
Participation rate of persons aged 15-19 years%
58.6
55.7
55.1
55.8
58.8
59.2
59.0
57.7
58.3
59.3
60.1
Participation rate of persons aged 20-24 years %
84.0
82.6
82.1
82.1
82.8
83.0
82.5
82.0
82.2
82.2
82.3
Median age of male labour force years
36.1
36.3
36.5
36.7
36.9
37.1
37.2
37.5
37.7
37.8
38.0
Median age of female labour force years
34.2
34.6
34.9
35.1
35.3
35.7
36.1
36.2
36.5
36.8
36.9

EMPLOYED PEOPLE

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

Total employed'000
r7,803
r7,659
r7,655
r7,802
r8,113
r8,324
r8,404
r8,519
r8,703
r8,940
9,130
Employment population ratio%
r58.5
r56.6
55.8
r56.3
r57.8
r58.5
r58.1
r58.1
r58.5
r59.2
59.6
Proportion of the total population in work%
45.4
44.0
43.5
43.9
45.2
45.7
45.6
45.7
46.2
46.9
47.4
Part-time work
    Part-time workers (of total employed)
%
21.8
23.1
23.7
24.0
24.5
24.7
25.3
25.7
26.1
26.3
26.7
    Male part-time workers (of total male employed)
%
r8.6
r9.8
r10.3
r10.5
r11.0
r11.1
r11.8
r12.1
r12.6
r12.6
13.4
    Female part-time workers (of total female employed)
%
r40.4
r41.4
r41.9
r42.2
r42.6
r42.6
r43.1
r43.5
r43.6
r43.9
43.6
    Female part-time workers (of total part-time employed)
%
77.2
75.6
75.0
74.9
74.5
74.5
73.6
73.3
72.6
72.9
71.9
    Average hours worked per week by part-time workers
hours
14.8
15.0
15.0
15.1
15.3
15.2
15.4
15.5
15.6
15.7
15.8
    Part-time workers who prefer more hours (of all part-time employed)
%
21.7
26.4
29.2
28.3
26.1
26.1
26.2
25.8
25.1
23.9
24.3
    Part-time workers who worked 15 hours or less per week (of all part-time employed)
%
53.9
53.3
53.4
52.8
51.8
52.1
51.1
50.8
50.8
49.8
49.6
Full-time work
    Average hours worked per week by full-time workers
hours
39.9
40.6
40.3
40.7
40.9
40.5
41.0
41.2
41.1
41.4
40.7
    Full-time workers working 50 hours or more per week (of all full-time employed)
%
20.7
22.1
22.4
23.7
24.3
23.7
24.4
24.9
24.9
25.5
23.9
Males employed without leave entitlements (of all male employees)%
13.5
15.6
16.4
18.1
18.5
21.2
20.9
22.6
22.0
23.0
23.5
Females employed without leave entitlements (of all female employees)%
29.0
30.9
30.6
30.8
30.8
32.0
31.7
32.0
31.8
32.3
31.9
Employees without leave entitlements (of all employees)%
20.3
22.3
22.7
23.7
24.0
26.1
25.8
26.9
26.4
27.3
27.5
Job mobile in previous year%
14.8
12.8
n.a.
14.5
n.a.
15.8
n.a.
14.3
n.a.
15.8
n.a.
Employers and own account workers (of total employed)%
14.6
15.0
15.2
15.2
14.6
14.6
13.9
14.3
13.6
13.5
13.2
Industry
Employed in service industries (of total employed)%
69.7
71.1
70.8
71.0
71.5
72.4
72.6
72.7
73.4
73.1
73.7
Employed in manufacturing industries (of total employed)%
14.7
14.2
14.3
14.1
13.8
13.4
13.5
13.2
12.5
12.5
12.5
Sector
Private sector employees (of all employees)%
71.9
72.9
73.6
75.4
76.7
77.7
78.3
79.2
79.7
80.0
80.0
Employed in small business (of all private sector employed)%
n.a.
48.3
49.1
48.7
47.5
47.0
46.2
47.4
46.8
47.2
n.a.
Occupation
Employed in highest skill (ASCO Skill Level 1) occupations(a)%
r24.0
r24.6
r24.9
24.9
r24.7
r24.8
r24.5
r25.1
r25.2
r25.1
25.5
Employed in lowest skill (ASCO Skill Level 5) occupations(a)%
r22.7
r22.1
r21.8
r22.0
r22.0
r21.8
r20.4
r20.4
r20.3
r19.7
19.6
Females (of all employed in highest skill (ASCO Skill Level 1) occupations(a))%
r33.7
r34.7
r34.9
r35.0
r35.0
r35.5
r41.4
r41.2
r40.8
r41.9
42.5

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

Trade union membership%
n.a.
39.6
37.6
35.0
32.7
31.1
30.3
28.1
25.7
r24.7
24.5
Median age of trade union membersyears
n.a.
37
37
37
38
38
38
39
40
41
40
Working days lost due to industrial disputes (per 1,000 employees)days
248
147
100
76
79
131
75
72
87
r61
50

UNEMPLOYMENT

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

Total unemployed'000
684.2
854.8
914.1
888.5
768.6
736.5
764.9
737.8
691.7
634.5
625.5
Long-term unemployed (of total unemployed)%
20.2
27.4
33.7
34.6
32.3
27.5
27.0
29.3
29.7
r26.7
23.4
Long-term unemployed (of labour force)%
1.6
2.8
3.6
3.5
2.8
2.2
2.3
2.3
2.2
1.8
1.5
Unemployment rate%
8.1
10.0
10.7
10.2
8.7
8.1
8.3
8.0
7.4
6.6
6.4
Male unemployment rate%
8.2
10.6
11.4
10.7
8.9
8.5
8.6
8.2
7.6
6.7
6.7
Female unemployment rate%
7.8
9.3
9.6
9.5
8.3
7.6
8.0
7.6
7.1
6.5
6.0
Unemployment rate - capital cities%
8.1
r10.1
r10.7
r10.1
r8.7
r8.1
8.2
7.6
r6.7
6.3
6.1
Unemployment rate - balance of States and Territories%
r8.9
r10.8
r11.5
r11.3
r9.4
r9.0
r9.6
r9.6
r7.9
r8.1
7.7
Median duration of unemployment - malesweeks
19
29
r37
r38
r33
26
25
r29
27
23
19
Median duration of unemployment - femalesweeks
14
21
25
24
21
18
18
20
18
13
13
Retrenchment rate%
6.5
6.4
n.a.
5.4
n.a.
4.6
n.a.
4.4
n.a.
4.0
n.a.
Male retrenchment rate%
7.3
7.4
n.a.
6.3
n.a.
5.4
n.a.
4.9
n.a.
4.6
n.a.
Female retrenchment rate%
5.3
5.1
n.a.
4.3
n.a.
3.5
n.a.
3.8
n.a.
3.2
n.a.
Unemployed looking for full-time work
    Persons aged 15-19 years (of all persons aged 15-19)
%
7.6
9.1
8.9
8.6
7.3
7.1
6.9
6.5
5.7
5.0
5.0
    Persons aged 20-24 years (of all persons aged 20-24)
%
9.0
11.3
11.6
10.8
8.7
8.5
8.9
8.6
7.6
6.3
6.4
Labour force underutilisation
Extended labour force underutilisation rate%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
15.5
15.1
15.2
15.0
14.3
13.2
11.9
n.y.a.

NOT IN THE LABOUR FORCE

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

Marginally attached'000
819.3
846.4
907.8
773.3
862.8
879.6
890.5
922.6
883.2
823.9
n.y.a.
Discouraged jobseekers'000
138.2
145.6
147.4
106.5
111.9
118.9
118.4
110.9
105.8
106.5
n.y.a.

TRANSITION TO RETIREMENT

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

Participation rate of males aged 55-59 years%
75.2
72.9
72.5
72.5
73.5
73.0
73.1
72.5
73.2
72.3
72.4
Participation rate of females aged 55-59 years%
35.7
35.7
36.4
38.0
38.7
41.3
42.3
42.3
43.6
46.5
48.1
Participation rate of males aged 60-64 years%
50.6
50.2
48.5
49.0
47.7
46.6
45.4
45.8
45.9
46.5
46.9
Participation rate of females aged 60-64 years%
15.9
14.9
14.4
15.8
16.0
17.6
18.3
19.1
18.4
20.3
21.5
Persons retired from full-time work of all persons aged 50-64 years%
n.a.
46.4
n.a.
46.1
n.a.
n.a.
45.0
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.

(a) Australian Standard Classification of Occupation (ASCO) second edition was introduced in August 1996. Data prior to this date are concorded with ASCO second edition at the major group level.


Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30 June except: labour force participation of females with children (June); job mobility (February), casual employment and private sector employment (August).occupation and trade union membership (August); working days lost due to industrial disputes (year ending 31 December); retrenchment data (February); extended labour force underutilisation (September); not in the labour force data (September); and retirement data (October/November).



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