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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Feb 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/03/2008   
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STATES TREND ESTIMATES


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE


NEW SOUTH WALES

The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for New South Wales generally fell from 7.2% in February 1998 to 5.2% in August 2000. After rising to 6.3% in October 2001, the trend rate has generally fallen to stand at 4.4% in February 2008.

Graph: Unemployment rate NSW



VICTORIA

The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for Victoria generally fell from 8.1% in February 1998 to 5.8% in October 2000. The trend then rose to 6.6% in November 2001, before generally falling to stand at 4.4% in February 2008.

Graph: Unemployment rate Vic



QUEENSLAND

The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for Queensland generally fell from 8.4% in February 1998 to 7.3% in July 2000. After rising to 8.6% in April 2001, the trend rate has generally fallen to stand at 3.5% in February 2008.

Graph: Unemployment rate Qld



SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for South Australia rose from 9.6% in February 1998 to 9.8% in July 1998. Apart from small rises in 2001, 2004 and early 2007, the trend rate has generally fallen to stand at 4.6% in February 2008.

Graph: Unemployment rate SA



WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for Western Australia generally fell from 6.8% in February 1998 to 5.8% in August 2000. The trend then rose sharply to 7.5% in June 2001, before generally falling to 3.0% in February 2007. The trend rate has since risen slightly to stand at 3.1% in February 2008.

Graph: Unemployment rate WA



TASMANIA

The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for Tasmania generally fell from 10.4% in February 1998 to 8.6% in September 1999. The trend then remained relatively steady, standing at 8.9% in March 2003. Apart from a rise in late 2005, the trend rate generally fell to stand at 5.0% in June 2007. The trend rate has since risen slightly to stand at 5.1% in February 2008.

Graph: Unemployment rate Tas

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