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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jun 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/07/2009   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

May 2009
Jun 2009
May 09 to Jun 09
Jun 08 to Jun 09

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
10 777.3
10 772.5
-4.8
-0.1
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
655.8
668.4
12.6
41.2
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.7
5.8
0.1
pts
1.6
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.4
65.4
0.0
pts
-0.1
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
10 783.9
10 762.5
-21.4
-0.2
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
655.5
662.9
7.4
39.1
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.7
5.8
0.1
pts
1.6
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.4
65.3
-0.2
pts
-0.2
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment rate
Graph: Unemployment rate




JUNE KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • EMPLOYMENT decreased to 10,772,500
  • UNEMPLOYMENT increased to 668,400
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE increased to 5.8%
  • PARTICIPATION RATE at 65.4%


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

EMPLOYMENT
  • decreased by 21,400 to 10,762,500. Full-time employment decreased by 21,900 to 7,611,800 and part-time employment increased by 400 to 3,150,600.


UNEMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 7,400 to 662,900. The number of persons looking for full-time work increased by 13,000 to 500,900 and the number of persons looking for part-time work decreased by 5,600 to 162,100.


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
  • increased 0.1 percentage point to 5.8%. The male unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage point to 6.1%, and the female unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4%.


PARTICIPATION RATE
  • decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 65.3%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
July 2009 6 August 2009
August 2009 10 September 2009
September 2009 8 October 2009
October 2009 12 November 2009
November 2009 10 December 2009
December 2009 14 January 2010



SAMPLE RE-INSTATEMENT

On 13 May 2009, the Australian Statistician announced the full re-instatement of the Labour Force Survey sample. The re-instatement will occur over four reference months, from September to December 2009. The December 2009 estimates, released in January 2010, will be the first under the fully re-instated sample. The reversal of the 24% reduction in sample size is expected to decrease standard errors by approximately 15%.


SAMPLING ERRORS

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey, therefore, published estimates and the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of this variability, see pages 29 and 30.

The interval bounded by the two limits is the 95% confidence interval, which provides another way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates. This represents a 95% chance that the true value of the estimate lies within that interval.

Movements in seasonally adjusted series between May 2009 and June 2009

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
-21 400
-82 000
to
39 200
Total Unemployment
7 400
-30 000
to
44 800
Unemployment rate
0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.5 pts
Participation rate
-0.2 pts
-0.6 pts
to
0.2 pts




INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email client.services@abs.gov.au or Steve Wood on Canberra (02) 6252 6525, email labourforce@abs.gov.au.


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