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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Sep 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/10/2011   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Aug 2011
Sep 2011
Aug 11 to Sep 11
Sep 10 to Sep 11

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 441.7
11 441.8
0.0
1.0
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
624.5
633.3
8.8
2.2
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.2
5.2
0.1
pts
0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.6
65.6
0.0
pts
-0.1
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 430.9
11 451.2
20.4
1.1
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
638.0
634.2
-3.8
4.1
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.3
5.2
0.0
pts
0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.6
65.6
0.0
pts
0.0
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,441,800.
  • Unemployment increased to 633,300.
  • Unemployment rate steady at 5.2% from a revised August 2011 rate.
  • Participation rate steady at 65.6%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased to 1,620.7 million hours from a revised August 2011 estimate.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 20,400 (0.2%) to 11,451,200. Full-time employment increased 10,800 persons to 8,044,200 and part-time employment increased 9,600 persons to 3,407,100.
  • Unemployment decreased 3,800 (0.6%) to 634,200. The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased 6,200 to 453,100 and the number of persons looking for part-time work increased 2,400 to 181,100.
  • The unemployment rate decreased to 5.2%. The male unemployment rate decreased 0.1 pts to 5.2% and the female unemployment rate remained steady at 5.3%.
  • The participation rate remained steady at 65.6%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked decreased 9.4 million hours to 1,615.1 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
October 2011 10 November 2011
November 2011 8 December 2011
December 2011 19 January 2012
January 2012 16 February 2012
February 2012 8 March 2012
March 2012 12 April 2012



FAMILIES

On 28 September, the ABS re-launched the annual publication Labour Force, Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families (cat. no. 6224.0.55.001). The publication has been expanded to include summary of findings and commentary on the latest estimates, a new summary spreadsheet alongside the regularly issued datacubes, and a new glossary and further explanations around the concepts and definitions used in compiling family estimates from the Labour Force Survey. Estimates for jobless families have been published for the first time, where 1 in 10 of the 2.9 million families with dependants had no employed family members in June 2011. For more information, refer to the publication (cat. no. 6224.0.55.001).


ROUNDING

Estimates of monthly change shown on the front cover have been calculated using unrounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movements obtained from the rounded estimates. The graphs on the front cover also depict unrounded estimates.


SAMPLING ERROR

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. Published estimates and the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of this variability (see pages 34 and 35). The interval bounded by two standard errors is the 95% confidence interval, which provides a way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates. There is a 95% chance that the true value of the estimate lies within that interval.

MOVEMENTS IN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED SERIES BETWEEN AUGUST 2011 AND SEPTEMBER 2011

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
20 400
-34 400
to
75 200
Total Unemployment
-3 800
-35 600
to
28 000
Unemployment rate
0.0 pts
-0.2 pts
to
0.2 pts
Participation rate
0.0 pts
-0.4 pts
to
0.4 pts




INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email client.services@abs.gov.au or Labour Force on Canberra (02) 6252 6525, email labourforce@abs.gov.au\>.


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