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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1996  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/06/1996   
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LABOUR FORCE

Participation rate of persons aged 15 and over

Reference year
Economically active population(a)
Persons
Men
Women(b)
Country
'000
%
%
%

Australia
1994
8,776.3
63.0
73.7
52.7
Canada
1994
14,832.0
65.3
73.3
57.6
China
. .
na
na
na
na
France
1994
25,870.4
54.9
62.8
47.6
Greece
1993
4,112.4
49.2
64.6
35.2
Hong Kong
1994
2,972.4
62.5
77.6
47.1
Indonesia
1992
79,451.4
56.6
70.9
42.7
Italy
1994
22,680.0
47.4
62.1
33.7
Japan
1993
66,140.0
63.8
78.0
50.3
Korea (Republic of)
1994
20,326.0
61.7
76.4
47.9
Malaysia
1991
6,118.6
55.0
74.8
35.1
New Zealand
1994
1,697.8
64.2
73.7
55.0
Papua New Guinea
. .
na
na
na
na
Singapore
1994
1,693.1
64.9
79.6
50.9
Sweden
1994
4,266.0
77.6
79.4
75.8
UK
1993
28,271.0
62.4
72.7
52.8
USA
1994
131,056.0
66.1
74.7
58.2
Viet Nam
. .
na
na
na
na

(a) For most countries the economically active populations are aged 15 and over. However, the age range varies for some countries: Greece and Italy - 14 and over; Indonesia - 10 and over; Malaysia - 10 and over; Sweden - 16-64; UK, USA - 16 and over. Definitions also vary in terms of the inclusion or exclusion of certain other segments of the population such as the armed forces.
(b) Activity rates for women are frequently not comparable internationally since, in many countries, relatively large numbers of women assist on farms or in other family enterprises without pay. There are differences between countries in the criteria used to count economically active workers.

Source: International Labour Office (1995) Year Book of Labour Statistics

EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT

Reference year
Employment
Reference year
Unemployment
Unemployment rate
Country
'000
'000
%

Australia
1994
7,921
1994
856
9.8
Canada
1994
13,292
1994
1,541
10.4
China
1994
614,690
1994
4,764
2.8
France
1994
22,110
1994
3,164
12.5
Greece
1993
3,720
1993
398
9.7
Hong Kong
1994
2,915
1994
57
1.9
Indonesia
1992
78,104
1992
2,199
na
Italy
1994
20,002
1994
2,678
11.3
Japan
1993
64,500
1993
1,660
2.5
Korea (Republic of)
1994
19,837
1994
r489
r2.4
Malaysia
1993
7,383
1993
36
na
New Zealand
1994
1,560
1994
138
8.2
Papua New Guinea
. .
na
. .
na
na
Singapore
1994
1,649
1994
44
2.6
Sweden
1994
3,926
1994
332
8.8
UK
1993
r25,317
1993
2,891
10.2
USA
1994
123,060
1994
7,996
6.1
Viet Nam
. .
na
. .
na
na

(a) For most countries the employed and unemployed populations are aged 15 and over. However, the age range varies for some countries: China - all ages; Greece and Italy - 14 and over; Indonesia - 10 and over; Malaysia (employed only) - 15-64; Sweden - 16-64; UK and USA - 16 and over. Definitions also vary in terms of the inclusion or exclusion of certain other segments of the population such as the armed forces.

Source: International Labour Office (1995) Year Book of Labour Statistics



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