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SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
Due to Cyclone Larry, operational difficulties were experienced in conducting the monthly Labour Force Survey in parts of Queensland for April 2006. Investigations were conducted to identify possible impacts on Labour Force estimates for this month. These investigations did not identify any material effects on the aggregate estimates for April 2006.
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The trend estimate of unemployed persons rose from 740,500 in April 1996 to 771,700 in February 1997. The trend then generally fell to 583,800 in September 2000, before rising to 685,900 in October 2001. The trend fell to 532,900 in January 2005, before rising to 547,700 in December 2005. Since then, the trend has fallen slightly to stand at 543,100 in April 2006.
The trend unemployment rate rose from 8.1% in April 1996 to 8.4% in February 1997, before falling to 6.1% in September 2000. After rising to 7.0% in October 2001, the trend fell to 5.1% in July 2005. The trend rose slightly to 5.2% in December 2005, before falling to stand at 5.1% in April 2006.
STATES TREND ESTIMATES
NEW SOUTH WALES
The trend estimate of employed persons in New South Wales remained relatively stable from April 1996 to July 1997, when it stood at 2,801,700. Apart from small decreases in late 2000 and early 2003, the trend rose steadily to stand at 3,258,500 in February 2006. Since then, the trend has fallen to stand at 3,257,200 in April 2006.
The trend estimate of employed persons in Victoria generally rose from 2,090,600 in April 1996 to 2,359,100 in February 2003. After falling to 2,346,400 in June 2003, the trend then generally rose to stand at 2,505,100 in April 2006.
The trend estimate of employed persons in Queensland generally rose from 1,522,400 in April 1996 to 1,684,900 in August 2000. After falling to 1,674,400 in January 2001, the trend then rose to stand at 2,009,000 in April 2006.
The trend estimate of employed persons in South Australia remained relatively steady from April 1996 until June 1997, when it stood at 660,200. The trend estimate then fell to 639,600 in May 1998, before generally rising to stand at 744,200 in April 2006.
The trend estimate of employed persons in Western Australia generally rose from 835,900 in April 1996 to 986,900 in August 2004. Since then, the trend has increased at a greater rate to stand at 1,065,100 in April 2006.
The trend estimate of employed persons in Tasmania, although fluctuating, remained relatively steady from April 1996 until March 2002, when it stood at 197,900. After rising to 224,400 in January 2006, the trend has fallen slightly to stand at 223,700 in April 2006.
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