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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Nov 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/12/2007   
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NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES

Oct 2007
Nov 2007
Oct 07 to Nov 07
Nov 06 to Nov 07

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
10 544.6
10 559.8
15.2
2.5
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
479.5
484.6
5.1
-2.1
%
Unemployment rate (%)
4.3
4.4
0.0
pts
-0.2
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.1
65.2
0.0
pts
0.4
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
10 530.6
10 583.2
52.6
2.9
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
479.7
499.5
19.8
1.1
%
Unemployment rate (%)
4.4
4.5
0.2
pts
-0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.0
65.3
0.3
pts
0.7
pts

Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment rate
Graph: Unemployment rate



NOVEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

  • EMPLOYMENT increased to 10,559,800
  • UNEMPLOYMENT increased to 484,600
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE increased to 4.4%
  • PARTICIPATION RATE increased to 65.2%


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

EMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 52,600 to 10,583,200. Full-time employment increased by 8,200 to 7,594,200 and part-time employment increased by 44,400 to 2,989,000.


UNEMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 19,800 to 499,500. The number of persons looking for full-time work increased by 15,200 to 331,300 and the number of persons looking for part-time work increased by 4,600 to 168,200.


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
  • increased by 0.2 percentage points to 4.5%. The male unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points to 4.2%, and the female unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.9%.


PARTICIPATION RATE
  • increased by 0.3 percentage points to 65.3%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
December 2007 17 January 2008
January 2008 14 February 2008
February 2008 13 March 2008
March 2008 10 April 2008
April 2008 8 May 2008
May 2008 12 June 2008



CHANGES THIS MONTH

Following each Census of Population and Housing, the ABS selects a new sample for the Labour Force Survey. This is done to ensure that the sample continues to accurately represent the distribution of the Australian population. A new sample has recently been selected based on the 2006 Census.


In order to reduce the potential impact of the change in sample on labour force statistics, the new sample will be introduced progressively, taking advantage of the existing rotation scheme. Using this scheme, the private dwelling sample in larger urban centres and less remote areas, representing approximately four-fifths of the total sample, will be phased in over the period November 2007 to June 2008. Within these areas, one-eighth of the new sample will be introduced each month under existing sample rotation arrangements. The rest of the sample (in remote, less populated areas and for non-private dwellings) will be introduced in two stages, March and April 2008. Detailed information about the new sample is provided in Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design (cat. no. 6269.0), which was released on 28 November 2007.


An analysis of the incoming and outgoing components of the sample indicates that the phasing in of the new sample has had minimal impact on the November estimates.



SAMPLING ERRORS

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. The published estimates and the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of this variability and appear on pages 28 and 29.


The 95% confidence intervals below provide another way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates from sample surveys.

Movements in seasonally adjusted series between October and November 2007

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
52 600
6 000
to
99 200
Total Unemployment
19 800
-4 200
to
43 800
Unemployment rate
0.2 pts
0.0 pts
to
0.4 pts
Participation rate
0.3 pts
0.1 pt
to
0.5 pts



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Rebecca Cash on Canberra (02) 6252 6525.

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