6105.0 - Australian Labour Market Statistics, Apr 2011  
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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


APRIL 2011

Summary of Australia's key labour market indicators.

Key Measures

% Change from
Period
Current figure
Previous qtr(a)
Previous year(b)

Trend

Employed
Persons ('000)
Feb 11
11 433.7
0.4
2.9
Full-time ('000)
Feb 11
8 055.0
0.5
3.6
Part-time ('000)
Feb 11
3 378.7
0.0
1.3
Part-time employment as a proportion of total employment (%)
Feb 11
29.6
(c)-0.1
(c)-0.5
Employment to population ratio
Persons (%)
Feb 11
62.5
(c)0.1
(c)0.7
Males (%)
Feb 11
69.3
(c)0.1
(c)0.9
Females (%)
Feb 11
55.9
(c)0.0
(c)0.5
Unemployed
Persons ('000)
Feb 11
604.1
-2.3
-3.8
Looking for full-time work ('000)
Feb 11
424.3
-2.2
-6.7
Looking for part-time work ('000)
Feb 11
179.8
-2.5
3.7
Unemployment rate - persons (%)
Feb 11
5.0
(c)-0.1
(c)-0.3
Long-term unemployment
Persons ('000)
Feb 11
113.9
-4.2
2.3
As a proportion of total unemployment (%)
Feb 11
18.9
(c)-0.4
(c)1.1
Long-term unemployment rate (%)
Feb 11
0.9
(c)0.0
(c)0.0
Labour underutilisation rates
Underemployment rate (%)
Feb 11
7.0
(c)-0.1
(c)-0.4
Labour force underutilisation rate (%)
Feb 11
12.1
(c)-0.1
(c)-0.8
Labour force participation rate
Persons (%)
Feb 11
65.8
(c)0.0
(c)0.5
Persons aged 15-64 years (%)
Feb 11
76.9
(c)0.0
(c)0.6
Aggregate monthly hours worked
Persons (mill. hours)
Feb 11
1 599.8
0.1
2.6
Wage price index
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses (index)
Dec 10
106.5
0.9
3.8
Average weekly earnings
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings ($)
Nov 10
1 272.5
0.8
3.9
All employees total earnings ($)
Nov 10
992.5
0.8
3.9
Job vacancies - Australia ('000)
Feb 11
195.0
3.6
20.8

Original

Average actual weekly hours worked
Persons (hours)
Feb 11
34.2
1.0
-0.4
Full-time (hours)
Feb 11
41.2
0.6
-1.0
Part-time (hours)
Feb 11
17.0
1.3
-0.6
Proportion of part-time workers who preferred to work more hours (%)
Feb 11
25.8
(c)0.3
(c)-1.7
Industrial disputes
Working days lost ('000)
Dec qtr 10
27.2
-41.6
-39.1
Working days lost per 1,000 employees (no.)
Dec qtr 10
2.7
-43.0
-42.0
Labour force status of families
Children living without an employed parent (%)(d)
Jun 10
13.9
na
(c)-1.1

na not available
(a) Same period previous quarter (monthly data is presented for the middle month of each quarter).
(b) Same period previous year.
(c) Change is in percentage points.
(d) As a proportion of all children aged under 15 years.



EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
Full-time and total employment
Graph: Trend full-time and total employment


Males and females
Graph: Trend employment for males and females



PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
Proportion of total employment, Males
Graph: Trend male part-time employment as a proportion of total male employment


Proportion of total employment, Females
Graph: Trend female part-time employment as a proportion of total female employment



UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: TREND SERIES
Males and females
Graph: Trend unemployment rate for males and females



LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
Proportion of total unemployment
Graph: Long-term unemployment as a proportion of total unemployment, males and females



UNDERUTILISED LABOUR: TREND SERIES
labour force underutilisation rates
Graph: labour force underutilisation rates



PARTICIPATION RATE: TREND SERIES
Persons
Graph: Trend participation rate


Males
Graph: Trend participation rate of males


Females
Graph: Trend participation rate of females



WAGE PRICE INDEX: TREND SERIES
total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses, Quarterly change
Graph: total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses, Quarterly change



AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS: TREND SERIES
full time adult ordinary time earnings
Graph: full time adult ordinary time earnings



INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES: ORIGINAL SERIES
Working days lost, Quarter Ending