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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Oct 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/11/2013   
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OCTOBER KEY FIGURES

Sep 2013
Oct 2013
Sep 13 to Oct 13
Oct 12 to Oct 13

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 640.8
11 636.6
-4.2
0.7
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
708.9
710.0
1.1
9.0
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.7
5.8
0.0
pts
0.4
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.9
64.8
-0.1
pts
-0.4
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 638.1
11 639.2
1.1
0.8
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
700.3
709.3
9.1
8.2
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.7
5.7
0.1
pts
0.4
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.8
64.8
0.0
pts
-0.4
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




OCTOBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment decreased to 11,636,600.
  • Unemployment increased to 710,000.
  • Unemployment rate increased by less than 0.1 pts to 5.8%.
  • Participation rate decreased to 64.8%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased to 1,647.9 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 1,100 to 11,639,200. Full-time employment decreased 27,900 to 8,094,700 and part-time employment increased 28,900 to 3,544,500.
  • Unemployment increased 9,100 (1.3%) to 709,300. The number of persons looking for full-time work increased 9,800 to 521,900 and the number of persons looking for part-time work decreased 800 to 187,400.
  • The unemployment rate increased 0.1 pts to 5.7%, based on unrounded estimates.
  • The participation rate remained steady at 64.8%, following a revision to the September estimate.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 6.2 million hours to 1,648.5 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
November 2013 12 December 2013
December 2013 16 January 2014
January 2014 13 February 2014
February 2014 13 March 2014
March 2014 10 April 2014
April 2014 8 May 2014



ROUNDING

Estimates of monthly and quarterly changes shown on the front cover and used in the commentary have been calculated using unrounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movements obtained from the rounded estimates. The graphs on the front cover also depict unrounded estimates.


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 SEPTEMBER 2013 AND OCTOBER 2013

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
1 100
-56 100
to
58 300
Total Unemployment
9 100
-27 300
to
45 500
Unemployment rate
0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.5 pts
Participation rate
0.0 pts
-0.4 pts
to
0.4 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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