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6105.0 - Australian Labour Market Statistics, Oct 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/10/2011   
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SUMMARY COMMENTARY

LABOUR MARKET SUMMARY October 2011

Summary of Australia's key labour market indicators.


Key Measures

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

Scope
Civilian population
'000
Original
Aug 11
18 402.6
0.3
1.3
Labour force
'000
Trend
Aug 11
12 060.1
0.2
1.2
Employed
Persons
'000
Trend
Aug 11
11 439.9
0.0
1.3
Full-time
'000
Trend
Aug 11
8 041.3
-0.2
1.3
Part-time
'000
Trend
Aug 11
3 398.6
0.5
1.2
Employed persons who work part-time
Persons
%
Trend
Aug 11
29.7
(c) 0.1
(c) 0.0
Males
%
Trend
Aug 11
16.2
(c) 0.1
(c)-0.2
Females
%
Trend
Aug 11
45.8
(c) 0.1
(c) 0.1
Unemployed
Persons
'000
Trend
Aug 11
620.3
3.6
0.2
Looking for full-time work
'000
Trend
Aug 11
442.1
4.6
1.5
Looking for part-time work
'000
Trend
Aug 11
178.1
1.1
-2.9
Long-term unemployed
'000
Trend
Aug 11
123.6
4.7
5.5
Labour force participation rates
Persons aged 15 and over
%
Original
Aug 11
65.0
(c)-0.6
(c) 0.1
Persons aged 15-24
%
Original
Aug 11
66.4
(c)-1.6
(c) 0.6
Persons aged 25-64
%
Original
Aug 11
78.6
(c)-0.4
(c) 0.2
Persons aged 65 and over
%
Original
Aug 11
10.8
(c) 0.0
(c) 0.4
Employment to population ratio
Persons
%
Trend
Aug 11
62.2
(c)-0.1
(c) 0.0
Males
%
Trend
Aug 11
68.6
(c)-0.3
(c)-0.3
Females
%
Trend
Aug 11
56.0
(c) 0.0
(c) 0.3
Labour underutilisation
Labour force underutilisation rate
%
Trend
Aug 11
12.2
(c) 0.1
(c)-0.1
Unemployment rate
%
Trend
Aug 11
5.1
(c) 0.2
(c)-0.1
Underemployment rate
%
Trend
Aug 11
7.0
(c) 0.0
(c)-0.1
Volume measures of labour underutilisation
Volume labour force underutilisation rate
%
Trend
Aug 10
7.0
na
(c)-0.8
Volume unemployment rate
%
Trend
Aug 10
4.2
na
(c)-0.6
Volume underemployment rate
%
Trend
Aug 10
2.8
na
(c)-0.2
Part-time employed who are underemployed
Persons
%
Original
Sep 10
24.7
na
(c)-1.3
Males
%
Original
Sep 10
32.1
na
(c)-1.0
Females
%
Original
Sep 10
21.6
na
(c)-1.4
Not in the labour force
Persons
'000
Original
Aug 11
6 448.2
2.0
1.1
Males
'000
Original
Aug 11
2 581.3
2.7
1.6
Females
'000
Original
Aug 11
3 866.9
1.6
0.7
Aggregate monthly hours worked
Persons
Mil. hours
Trend
Aug 11
1 622.4
0.6
2.0
Males
Mil. hours
Trend
Aug 11
996.5
0.4
1.5
Females
Mil. hours
Trend
Aug 11
625.9
0.8
2.6
Average actual weekly hours worked
Persons
hours
Original
Aug 11
34.2
(d) 0.5
(d) 0.2
Full-time
hours
Original
Aug 11
41.4
(d) 0.4
(d) 0.2
Part-time
hours
Original
Aug 11
17.3
(d) 0.5
(d) 0.2
Average weekly earnings
All employees total earnings
$
Trend
May 11
(e) 1 020.10
1.3
4.4
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
$
Trend
May 11
(e) 1 305.40
1.2
4.3
Full-time adult total earnings
$
Trend
May 11
(e) 1 359.10
1.2
4.4
Median hourly earnings (f)
Persons
$
Original
May 10
(e) 25.50
na
(g) 5.6
Males
$
Original
May 10
(e) 26.70
na
(g) 4.6
Females
$
Original
May 10
(e) 24.70
na
(g) 7.0
Wage price index
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses
index
Trend
Jun 11
108.5
0.9
3.8
Employees who are trade union members in main job
Persons
%
Original
Aug 10
18.3
na
(c)-1.4
Males
%
Original
Aug 10
17.9
na
(c)-2.2
Females
%
Original
Aug 10
18.7
na
(c)-0.5
Employees(h) without paid leave entitlements of total employed
Persons
%
Original
Nov 10
19.8
na
(c)-0.6
Males
%
Original
Nov 10
16.2
na
(c)-0.2
Females
%
Original
Nov 10
24.2
na
(c)-1.0
Methods of setting pay - all employees
Award only
%
Original
May 10
15.2
na
(c)(g)-1.3
Collective agreement
%
Original
May 10
43.4
na
(c)(g) 3.6
Individual arrangement
%
Original
May 10
37.3
na
(c)(g)-1.4
Owner managers of incorporated enterprises
%
Original
May 10
4.1
na
(c)(g)-0.9
Industrial disputes
Working days lost
'000
Original
Jun 11
66.2
236.0
175.8
Working days lost per 1,000 employees
no.
Original
Jun 11
6.5
225.0
170.8
Average working days lost per employee(i)
'000
Original
Mar 11
12.7
-62.3
-67.8
Job vacancies
Australia
'000
Trend
Aug 11
183.7
-1.3
1.1
Private sector
'000
Trend
Aug 11
166.4
-1.3
1.0
Public sector
'000
Trend
Aug 11
17.4
-1.5
1.5
Labour force status of families
Children living without an employed parent(j)
%
Original
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) Change is in hours worked.
(e) Estimates are rounded to the nearest 10 cents.
(f) Median non-managerial adult hourly ordinary time cash earnings.
(g) Same period two years ago.
(h) Excludes owner managers of incorporated enterprises.
(i) Industrial disputes which ended during the period.
(j) As a proportion of all children aged under 15 years.



EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
Full-time and total employment


Males and females



PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
Proportion of total employment, Males


Proportion of total employment, Females



UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: TREND SERIES
Males and females



LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT: TREND SERIES
Proportion of total unemployment



UNDERUTILISED LABOUR: TREND SERIES
Labour force underutilisation rates



PARTICIPATION RATE: TREND SERIES
Persons


Males


Females



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



AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS: TREND SERIES
Full time adult ordinary time earnings



INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES: ORIGINAL SERIES
Working days lost, Quarter Ending




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