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6345.0 - Labour Price Index, Australia, Mar 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/05/2009   
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COMMENTARY


SECTOR (TREND ESTIMATES)

The Public sector wage price index rose by 1.1% compared to 0.9% for the Private sector, with the All sectors index recording a quarterly movement of 1.0%.

Public sector movements were greater than the Private sector for both the quarter and the year through to March quarter 2009.

The through the year Public sector movement for March quarter 2009 was 4.4%, up from 3.9% for the year through to March quarter 2008. The through the year change for the Private sector for March quarter 2009 was 4.1%. The All sectors through the year movement for the March quarter 2009 was 4.2%.


STATE (ORIGINAL)

The highest quarterly movement (1.1%) was recorded by Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. Through the year changes ranged from 3.9% for New South Wales and South Australia to 5.4% for Western Australia. This is the eighth consecutive quarter in which the through the year change for Western Australia has been above 5.0%.

Quarterly movements for the March quarter 2009 for the Public sector were greater than those of the Private sector in every state and territory with the exception of the Australian Capital Territory.


INDUSTRY (ORIGINAL)

In the March quarter 2009, Communication services recorded the lowest quarterly and through the year movements of any industry, 0.1% and 2.8% respectively. The highest quarterly movement was recorded by Education (1.9%) and the highest through the year change was recorded by Mining (5.7%).


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