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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Mar 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/04/2011   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Feb 2011
Mar 2011
Feb 11 to Mar 11
Mar 10 to Mar 11

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 439.9
11 448.5
8.6
2.8
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
600.1
594.7
-5.4
-4.7
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.0
4.9
0.0
pts
-0.4
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.8
65.8
0.0
pts
0.5
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 419.3
11 457.1
37.8
2.9
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
603.1
592.9
-10.2
-6.3
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.0
4.9
-0.1
pts
-0.5
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.7
65.8
0.1
pts
0.5
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




MARCH KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,448,500.
  • Unemployment decreased to 594,700.
  • Unemployment rate decreased to 4.9%.
  • Participation rate at 65.8%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased to 1,609.7 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 37,800 (0.3%) to 11,457,100. Full-time employment increased 32,100 to 8,105,600 and part-time employment increased 5,700 to 3,351,500.
  • Unemployment decreased 10,200 (-1.7%) to 592,900. The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased 3,100 to 414,600 and the number of persons looking for part-time work decreased 7,100 to 178,300.
  • Unemployment rate decreased to 4.9%. The male unemployment rate decreased 0.3 pts to 4.5% and the female unemployment rate increased 0.1 pts to 5.4%.
  • Participation rate increased 0.1 pts to 65.8%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 13.1 million hours to 1,618.3 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2011 12 May 2011
May 2011 9 June 2011
June 2011 7 July 2011
July 2011 11 August 2011
August 2011 8 September 2011
September 2011 13 October 2011



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 this variability (see pages 34 and 35 of the publication). The interval bounded by two standard errors is the 95% confidence interval, which provides a 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
February 2011 and March 2011

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
37 800
-16 800
to
92 400
Total Unemployment
-10 200
-43 200
to
22 800
Unemployment rate
-0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.1 pts
Participation rate
0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.5 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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