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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2001  
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National summary tables

LABOUR FORCE

Units
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

Total labour force '000
r8,342
r8,488
r8,514
r8,569
r8,690
r8,881
r9,061
r9,169
r9,256
r9,395
9,574
Females (of total labour force) %
41.4
41.7
41.9
41.9
42.3
42.7
43.0
43.1
43.2
43.3
43.6
Participation rate %
63.5
63.6
r62.9
62.6
r62.7
63.3
r63.6
r63.4
63.1
63.1
63.4
Male participation rate %
75.5
75.3
r74.3
r73.8
73.6
73.8
73.8
73.4
r72.9
72.8
72.5
Female participation rate%
51.8
52.3
51.9
51.7
52.2
53.2
53.8
r53.8
53.6
r53.8
54.5
Females in the labour force with children aged 0-4 years (of all females with children aged 0-4 years)%
46.3
44.5
46.6
45.3
46.1
49.3
47.4
47.7
48.2
47.1
49.3
Standardised participation rate %
63.6
63.7
63.1
62.8
63.0
63.6
64.0
63.9
63.7
63.8
64.1
Participation rate of persons aged 15-19 years%
r60.9
58.6
55.7
55.1
55.8
58.8
59.2
59.0
57.7
58.3
59.3
Participation rate of persons aged 20-24 years %
r83.9
84.0
82.6
82.1
82.1
82.8
83.0
82.5
82.0
82.2
82.2
Median age of male labour force years
35.8
36.1
36.3
36.5
36.7
36.9
37.1
37.2
37.5
37.7
37.8
Median age of female labour force years
33.7
34.2
34.6
34.9
35.1
35.3
35.7
36.1
36.2
36.5
36.8

EMPLOYED PEOPLE

Units
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

Total employed'000
7,832
7,782
7,637
7,634
7,781
8,093
8,301
8,381
8,496
8,681
8,917
Employment population ratio%
59.6
58.3
56.5
55.8
56.2
57.7
58.3
58.0
57.9
58.3
59.0
Part-time work
Part-time workers (of total employed)%
r21.1
r21.8
r23.1
r23.7
r24.0
r24.5
r24.7
r25.3
r25.7
r26.1
26.3
Male part-time workers (of total male employed)%
8.0
8.5
9.7
10.2
10.4
10.9
11.0
11.7
12.0
12.5
12.5
Female part-time workers (of total female employed)%
39.5
40.2
41.1
41.7
42.0
42.5
42.5
42.9
43.3
43.5
43.7
Female part-time workers (of total part-time employed)%
77.6
77.2
75.6
r75.0
r74.9
74.5
r74.5
r73.6
r73.3
r72.6
72.9
Average hours worked per week by part-time workershours
r14.8
r14.8
r15.0
r15.0
r15.1
r15.3
r15.2
r15.4
r15.5
r15.6
15.7
Part-time workers who prefer more hours (of all part-time employed)%
18.0
21.7
26.4
29.2
28.3
26.1
26.1
26.2
25.8
25.1
23.9
Part-time workers who worked 15 hours or less per week (of all part-time employed)%
54.1
53.9
53.3
53.4
52.8
51.8
52.1
51.1
50.8
50.8
49.8
Average hours worked per week by full-time workershours
r39.8
r39.9
r40.6
r40.3
r40.7
r40.9
r40.5
r41.0
r41.2
r41.1
41.4
Full-time workers working more than 49 hours per week (of all full-time employed)%
20.4
20.7
22.1
22.4
23.7
24.3
23.7
24.4
24.9
24.9
25.5
Males employed without leave entitlements (of all male employees)%
12.7
13.5
15.6
16.4
18.1
18.5
21.2
20.9
22.6
22.0
23.0
Females employed without leave entitlements (of all female employees)%
28.2
29.0
30.9
30.6
30.8
30.8
32.0
31.7
32.0
31.8
32.3
Employees without leave entitlements (of all employees)%
19.4
20.3
22.3
22.7
23.7
24.0
26.1
25.8
26.9
26.4
27.3
Job mobile in previous year%
18.3
14.8
12.8
n.a
14.5
n.a
15.8
n.a
14.3
n.a.
15.8
Employers and own account workers (of total employed)%
14.2
14.6
15.0
15.2
15.2
14.6
14.6
13.9
14.3
13.6
13.5
Industry
Employed in service industries (of total employed)%
68.8
69.7
71.1
r70.8
r71.0
r71.5
r72.4
72.6
r72.7
r73.4
73.1
Employed in manufacturing industries (of total employed)%
r15.3
14.7
14.2
14.3
14.1
13.8
13.4
13.5
13.2
12.5
12.5
Sector
Private sector employees (of all employees)%
73.2
71.9
72.9
73.6
75.4
76.7
77.7
78.3
79.2
79.7
80.0
Employed in small business (of all private sector employed)%
n.a.
n.a.
48.3
49.1
48.7
47.5
47.0
46.2
47.4
46.8
n.a.
Occupation
Employed in highest skill (ASCO Skill Level 1) occupations(a)%
23.7
24.4
24.9
25.1
24.9
24.4
24.2
25.2
25.2
25.0
25.3
Employed in lowest skill (ASCO Skill Level 5) occupations(a)%
19.3
18.9
19.1
19.1
19.3
19.7
20.4
20.3
20.2
19.9
19.6
Females (of all employed in highest skill (ASCO Skill Level 1) occupations(a))%
37.0
37.8
38.4
39.1
38.0
39.2
41.2
41.9
41.1
41.5
42.7

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Units
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

Trade union membership%
40.5
n.a.
39.6
37.6
35.0
32.7
31.1
30.3
28.1
25.7
25.6
Median age of trade union membersyears
36
n.a.
37
37
37
38
38
38
39
40
41
Working days lost due to industrial disputes (per 1,000 employees)days
207
248
147
100
76
79
131
75
72
87
60

UNEMPLOYMENT

Units
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

Total unemployed'000
r494.2
r684.2
r854.8
r914.1
r888.5
r768.6
r736.5
r764.9
r737.8
r691.7
634.5
Long-term unemployed (of total unemployed)%
r21.6
r20.2
r27.4
r33.7
r34.6
r32.3
r27.5
r27.0
r29.3
r29.7
28.7
Unemployment rate%
r5.9
r8.1
r10.0
r10.7
r10.2
r8.7
r8.1
r8.3
r8.0
r7.4
6.6
Male unemployment rate%
r5.6
r8.2
r10.6
r11.4
r10.7
r8.9
r8.5
r8.6
r8.2
r7.6
6.7
Female unemployment rate%
r6.4
r7.8
r9.3
r9.6
r9.5
r8.3
r7.6
r8.0
r7.6
r7.1
6.5
Unemployed looking for full-time work
Persons aged 15-19 years (of all persons aged 15-19)%
5.8
r7.6
9.1
r8.9
8.6
r7.3
r7.1
r6.9
6.5
r5.7
5.0
Persons aged 20-24 years (of all persons aged 20-24)%
r6.2
r9.0
r11.3
r11.6
r10.8
r8.7
r8.5
r8.9
r8.6
r7.6
6.3
Median duration of unemployment - malesweeks
18
19
29
34
35
31
26
25
28
27
23
Median duration of unemployment - femalesweeks
11
14
21
25
24
21
18
18
20
r18
13
Unemployment rate - capital cities%
5.6
8.1
10.2
10.8
10.3
8.8
8.2
8.2
7.6
7.1
6.3
Unemployment rate - balance of States and Territories%
7.1
8.7
10.6
11.2
11.0
9.2
8.9
9.4
9.4
8.6
7.9

NOT IN THE LABOUR FORCE

Units
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

Marginally attached'000
752.5
819.3
846.4
907.8
773.3
862.8
879.6
890.5
922.6
883.2
n.a.
Discouraged jobseekers'000
100.9
138.2
145.6
147.4
106.5
111.9
118.9
118.4
110.9
105.8
n.a.

TRANSITION TO RETIREMENT

Units
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

Participation rate of males aged 55-59 years%
r74.9
75.2
72.9
72.5
r72.5
r73.5
73.0
r73.1
72.5
73.2
72.3
Participation rate of females aged 55-59 years%
32.3
35.7
35.7
36.4
38.0
38.7
41.3
42.3
42.3
43.6
46.5
Participation rate of males aged 60-64 years%
49.9
50.6
50.2
48.5
r49.0
47.7
46.6
45.4
45.8
45.9
46.5
Participation rate of females aged 60-64 years%
15.1
15.9
14.9
14.4
15.8
16.0
r17.6
18.3
19.1
18.4
20.3
Persons retired from full-time work (of all persons aged 50-64 years)%
n.a.
n.a.
46.4
n.a.
46.1
n.a.
n.a.
45.0
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), and casual employment and private sector employment (August); occupation and trade union membership (August); working days lost due to industrial disputes (year ending 31 December); not in the labour force data (September) and retirement data (October/November).



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