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State summary tables

LABOUR FORCE

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Total labour force
'000
1998-99
3,112
2,351
1,772
720
962
217
98
167
9,399
Females - (of total labour force)
%
1998-99
43.1
43.4
43.4
43.2
42.9
43.3
43.0
47.4
43.3
Participation rate
%
1998-99
61.7
63.0
65.0
60.3
66.4
58.7
71.8
70.9
63.2
Male participation rate
%
1998-99
71.5
72.9
74.3
70.1
75.9
68.2
78.1
77.2
72.8
Female participation rate
%
1998-99
52.3
53.5
55.9
51.0
56.9
49.7
64.8
65.1
53.9
Females in the labour force with children aged 0-4 years
(of all females with children aged 0-4 years)
%
1999
47.0
46.5
49.4
45.1
43.8
43.3
62.2
55.7
47.1
Standardised participation rate
%
1998-99
61.8
63.1
65.0
60.4
66.3
58.8
71.4
71.1
63.8
Participation rate of persons aged 15-19 years
%
1998-99
54.4
56.6
64.7
58.4
63.7
56.1
52.6
59.9
58.3
Participation rate of persons aged 20-24 years
%
1998-99
81.9
83.1
82.0
81.0
82.3
80.4
76.2
85.7
82.2
Median age of male labour force
years
1998-99
37.6
37.3
37.2
38.0
37.3
38.6
35.7
37.3
37.7
Median age of female labour force
years
1998-99
36.0
36.0
36.1
37.2
35.9
37.3
34.7
36.5
36.5


EMPLOYED PEOPLE

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Total employed
'000
1998-99
2,895
2,169
1,625
653
894
195
94
157
8,681
Employment/population ratio
%
1998-99
57.4
58.1
59.6
54.7
61.8
52.6
68.7
66.5
58.3
Part-time work
Part-time workers (of total employed)
%
1998-99
24.1
26.4
26.6
28.4
27.6
30.3
21.3
26.2
26.0
Male part-time workers (of total male employed)
%
1998-99
11.7
13.0
12.7
13.3
12.4
14.3
12.8
15.7
12.5
Female part-time workers (of total female employed)
%
1998-99
40.5
43.7
44.6
47.9
47.6
50.4
32.5
37.6
43.5
Female part-time workers (of total part-time employed)
%
1998-99
72.5
72.1
72.9
73.5
74.4
73.6
65.8
68.7
72.7
Average hours worked per week by part-time workers
hours
1998-99
16.1
15.7
16.3
16.3
15.7
15.9
18.2
16.4
16.1
Part-time workers who prefer more hours (of all part-time
employed)
%
1998-99
23.9
24.8
27.2
29.5
22.8
27.7
18.0
23.7
25.1
Part-time workers who worked 15 hours or less per
week (of all part-time employed)
%
1998-99
50.0
52.5
49.6
49.9
52.8
50.9
38.2
49.8
50.8
Average hours worked per week by full-time workers
hours
1998-99
41.4
41.0
41.7
41.1
41.7
39.3
40.8
39.9
41.3
Full-time workers working more than 49 hours per week
(of all full-time employed)
%
1998-99
24.6
24.2
26.6
24.0
26.8
20.5
24.1
20.1
24.9
Males casually employed (of all male employees)
%
1999
20.7
21.3
25.4
24.5
21.1
19.4
20.7
21.7
22.0
Females casually employed (of all female employees)
%
1999
30.0
29.0
38.2
38.2
30.0
34.6
26.2
24.2
31.8
Persons casually employed (of all employees)
%
1999
24.8
24.8
31.2
30.8
25.1
26.4
23.3
22.9
26.4
Employers and own account workers (of total employed)
%
1998-99
12.9
12.2
15.8
15.1
15.1
14.8
8.5
8.5
13.6
Industry
Employed in service industries (of total employed)
%
1998-99
74.6
72.6
72.4
71.4
72.9
71.5
80.8
92.0
73.6
Employed in manufacturing industries (of total employed)
%
1998-99
12.1
15.9
11.0
14.4
10.1
12.2
3.5
2.1
12.5
Sector
Private sector employees (of all employees)
%
1999
81.1
83.4
78.1
78.0
79.2
75.0
71.2
55.0
79.9
Employed in small business (of all private sector employed)
%
1999
46.0
44.1
50.2
47.8
48.3
48.8
50.0
53.9
46.8
Occupation
Employed in highest skill (ASCO Skill Level 1) occupations(a)
%
1999
26.6
26.3
20.7
23.8
24.2
23.9
20.9
34.8
25.0
Employed in lowest skill (ASCO Skill Level 5) occupations(a)
%
1999
18.4
19.3
22.7
22.9
19.4
19.7
22.9
15.9
19.9
Females - of all employed in highest skill (ASCO Skill
Level 1) occupations(a)
%
1999
42.9
41.3
40.3
39.9
39.3
42.1
45.1
42.0
41.5

(a) Estimates for Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.

Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30 June except: labour force participation of females with children (June); job mobility (February), and casual employment and private sector employment (August).


INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Trade union membership
%
1999
27.0
24.4
25.0
30.3
20.9
32.5
26.4
26.4
25.7
Median age of trade union members
years
1999
40
39
40
40
41
40
41
42
40
Working days lost due to industrial disputes (per 1,000
employees)
days
1999
126
116
38
27
57
2
3
30
87



UNEMPLOYMENT

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Total unemployed
'000
1998-99
217.3
182.1
147.3
66.7
67.6
22.6
4.2
10.4
718.2
Long-term unemployed (of total unemployed)
%
1998-99
34.6
33.1
27.7
38.3
21.0
42.2
*18.6
28.8
31.9
Unemployment rate
%
1998-99
7.0
7.7
8.3
9.3
7.0
10.4
4.2
6.3
7.6
Male unemployment rate
%
1998-99
7.0
7.8
8.4
9.8
7.4
11.8
4.5
7.0
7.8
Female unemployment rate
%
1998-99
6.9
7.7
8.2
8.5
6.6
8.5
3.8
5.4
7.4
Full-time job seekers:
Persons aged 15-19 years (of all persons aged 15-19
years)
%
1998-99
5.2
5.2
6.8
7.7
5.4
8.3
*4.0
*4.3
5.8
Persons aged 20-24 years (of all persons aged 20-24
years)
%
1998-99
6.6
7.4
8.9
10.3
7.6
11.7
*3.6
6.5
7.7
Median duration of unemployment - males
weeks
1998-99
36
31
28
42
16
47
**
35
27
Median duration of unemployment - females
weeks
1998-99
21
24
18
26
11
34
**
23
20
Unemployment rate - capital cities
%
1998-99
5.6
7.4
8.3
9.6
7.3
9.8
4.2
6.3
7.1
Unemployment rate - balance of States and Territories
%
1998-99
9.5
8.6
8.3
9.6
6.4
10.8
n.a
n.a
8.6



NOT IN THE LABOUR FORCE

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Marginally attached
'000
1998
294.1
221.7
185.7
77.9
96.1
27.6
4.3
15.3
922.6
Discouraged jobseekers
'000
1998
38.1
26.8
20.1
10.4
11.1
2.8
**
*1.0
110.9



TRANSITION TO RETIREMENT

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.
Participation rate of males aged 55-59 years
%
1998-99
72.0
72.8
74.9
70.7
78.9
64.1
79.3
74.5
73.2
Participation rate of females aged 55-59 years
%
1998-99
41.2
42.8
45.7
40.6
50.5
40.8
62.3
59.3
43.6
Participation rate of males aged 60-64 years
%
1998-99
44.7
47.8
47.2
38.4
50.3
36.9
64.2
51.0
45.9
Participation rate of females aged 60-64 years
%
1998-99
18.9
16.8
17.2
18.0
23.6
13.9
18.0
29.8
18.4
Persons retired from full-time work (of all persons aged 50-64 years)
%
1997
44.0
47.2
44.1
47.6
44.3
48.5
20.6
36.4
45.0

(a) Estimates for Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.

Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30 June except: occupation and trade union membership (August); working days lost due to industrial disputes (year ending 31 December); not in the labour force data (September) and retirement data (October/November).



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