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6105.0 - Australian Labour Market Statistics, Oct 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/10/2008   
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LABOUR MARKET SUMMARY


KEY MEASURES

% CHANGE FROM
Measure
Series type
Period
Current figure
Previous quarter(a)
Previous year(b)

Employed
Persons '000
Trend
Aug 2008
10 734.9
0.3
2.2
Full-time '000
Trend
Aug 2008
7 714.2
0.6
2.4
Part-time '000
Trend
Aug 2008
3 020.7
-0.6
1.6
Part-time employment as a proportion of total employment %
Trend
Aug 2008
28.1
(c)-0.3
(c)-0.2
Unemployed
Persons '000
Trend
Aug 2008
474.2
0.9
0.4
Looking for full-time work '000
Trend
Aug 2008
325.2
1.5
1.6
Looking for part-time work '000
Trend
Aug 2008
149.0
-0.6
-2.1
Unemployment rate
Persons %
Trend
Aug 2008
4.2
(c)0.0
(c)-0.1
Long-term unemployment
Persons '000
Trend
Aug 2008
66.6
-5.2
-5.6
As a proportion of total unemployment %
Trend
Aug 2008
14.0
(c)-0.9
(c)-0.9
Long-term unemployment rate %
Trend
Aug 2008
0.6
(c)0.0
(c)0.0
Quarterly labour underutilisation rates(d)
Unemployment rate(e) %
Trend
Aug 2008
4.1
(c)-0.1
(c)-0.2
Underemployment rate %
Trend
Aug 2008
5.9
(c)-0.1
(c)-0.5
Labour force underutilisation rate(f) %
Trend
Aug 2008
9.9
(c)-0.1
(c)-0.7
Children living without an employed parent(g) %
Original
Jun 2008
12.7
na
(c)-1.0
Labour force participation rate(g)
Persons aged 15-64 years %
Original
Aug 2008
75.8
(c)-0.7
(c)0.1
Total %
Trend
Aug 2008
65.2
(c)0.0
(c)0.2
Actual hours worked
Aggregate weekly hours mill. hours
Original
Aug 2008
367.7
-0.4
2.1
Average weekly hours - Persons hours
Original
Aug 2008
34.5
-0.4
-0.2
Average weekly hours - Full-time hours
Original
Aug 2008
41.3
-1.0
-0.5
Average weekly hours - Part-time hours
Original
Aug 2008
17.0
0.7
0.7
Part-time workers
Proportion who preferred to work more hours %
Original
Aug 2008
21.6
(c)-0.8
(c)-1.1
Wage price index
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses index no.
Original
Jun qtr 2008
118.7
0.9
4.2
Average weekly earnings
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings $
Trend
May 2008
1 132.20
0.9
4.0
All employees total earnings $
Trend
May 2008
891.10
0.6
2.8
Compensation of employees
Household income account $m
Trend
Jun qtr 2008
137 356
1.6
6.6
Average earnings (National Accounts basis nominal) per week $
Trend
Jun qtr 2008
1 114
1.0
3.7
Industrial disputes
Working days lost '000
Original
Jun qtr 2008
86.5
102.3
1 113.4
Working days lost per 1,000 employees number
Original
Jun qtr 2008
9.2
100.5
1 086.4
Job vacancies(h)
Australia '000
Trend
May 2008
183.6
1.1
9.0

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 precentage points.
(d) See the Glossary for further explanation of labour underutilisation rates.
(e) The quarterly unemployment rate is compiled using data collected in the quarter months and may differ slightly from the official monthly unemployment rate.
(f) Discrepancies may occur due to rounding.
(g) As a proportion of all children aged under 15 years. See the Explanatory Notes for information on family data.
(h) The Job Vacancies Survey will not be conducted in 2008-09. The May issue of the publication Job Vacancies, Australia (cat. no. 6354.0), released in June 2008, was the final issue for 2008-09. The survey may be reinstated in 2009-10.



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
Quarterly labour underutilisation rates
Graph: Quarterly labour 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




AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS: TREND SERIES
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings, Quarterly change
Graph: Quarterly change in full-time adult ordinary time earnings


All employees total earnings, Level
Graph: All employees total earnings, level




INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES: ORIGINAL SERIES
Working days lost, Quarter ending
Graph: Working days lost Quarter ending




JOB VACANCIES: TREND SERIES
Job vacancies, by Sector
Graph: Job vacancies by sector



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