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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jul 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/08/2013   
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JULY KEY FIGURES

Jun 2013
Jul 2013
Jun 13 to Jul 13
Jul 12 to Jul 13

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 659.0
11 660.0
1.0
1.2
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
701.6
706.9
5.3
11.2
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.7
5.7
0.0
pts
0.5
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.2
65.2
0.0
pts
0.0
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 663.4
11 653.2
-10.2
1.1
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
711.1
705.4
-5.7
10.8
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.7
5.7
0.0
pts
0.5
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.3
65.1
-0.2
pts
-0.1
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




JULY KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,660,000 from a revised June 2013 estimate.
  • Unemployment increased to 706,900.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.7%.
  • Participation rate steady at 65.2% from a revised June 2013 estimate.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased to 1,643.0 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment decreased 10,200 (0.1%) to 11,653,200. Full-time employment decreased 6,700 to 8,133,900 and part-time employment decreased 3,500 to 3,519,300.
  • Unemployment decreased 5,700 (0.8%) to 705,400. The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased 7,100 to 520,000 and the number of persons looking for part-time work increased 1,400 to 185,400.
  • The unemployment rate remained steady at 5.7%.
  • The participation rate decreased 0.2 pts to 65.1%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 7.9 million hours to 1,648.6 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
August 2013 12 September 2013
September 2013 10 October 2013
October 2013 7 November 2013
November 2013 12 December 2013
December 2013 16 January 2014
January 2014 13 February 2014



REBENCHMARKING OF AGGREGATE HOURS WORKED SERIES

The annual rebenchmarking of the aggregate hours worked series was conducted in July. This has resulted in some minor historical revisions to the aggregate hours worked data. For further detail on the methodology see Information Paper: Expansion of Hours Worked Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, Australia, 2009 (ABS cat. no. 6290.0.55.001).


STANDARD ERROR MODEL

The model underlying standard errors associated with labour force data has been updated to reflect that the labour force sample is now based more than 50 per cent on the 2011 sample. Updated standard errors are published in the Standard Errors section of this issue, and in the Labour Force Standard Errors, Data Cube, May 2013 (ABS cat. no. 6298.0.55.001).


SAMPLING ERROR

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. Published estimates and the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of sampling variability (see Standard Errors section). The interval bounded by two standard errors is the 95% confidence interval, which provides a way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates. There is a 95% chance that the true value of the estimate lies within that interval.

MOVEMENTS IN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED SERIES BETWEEN JUNE 2013 AND JULY 2013

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
-10 200
-71 800
to
51 400
Total Unemployment
-5 700
-43 900
to
32 500
Unemployment rate
0.0 pts
-0.4 pts
to
0.4 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 Labour Force on Canberra (02) 6252 6525, email labourforce@abs.gov.au>.


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