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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Dec 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/01/2009   
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PRINCIPAL LABOUR FORCE SERIES TREND ESTIMATES


EMPLOYED PERSONS

The trend estimate of employed persons rose from 8,685,100 in December 1998 to 9,056,500 in September 2000. The trend then fell slightly to 9,037,700 in December 2000, before generally rising to stand at 10,749,400 in December 2008.

Graph: Employed persons


UNEMPLOYED PERSONS

The trend estimate of unemployed persons fell from 694,200 in December 1998 to 583,000 in September 2000, before rising to stand at 681,200 in October 2001. The trend generally fell to 458,300 in February 2008, before rising to stand at 498,100 in December 2008.

Graph: Unemployed persons


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

The trend unemployment rate generally fell from 7.4% in December 1998 to 6.1% in October 2000, before rising to 7.0% in October 2001. The trend generally fell to 4.1% in February 2008, before rising slightly to stand at 4.4% in December 2008.

Graph: Unemployment rate


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