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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Oct 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/11/2010   
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OCTOBER KEY FIGURES

Sep 2010
Oct 2010
Sep 10 to Oct 10
Oct 09 to Oct 10

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 313.7
11 339.4
25.7
3.2
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
623.9
628.2
4.2
-5.3
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.2
5.2
0.0
pts
-0.4
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.6
65.7
0.1
pts
0.4
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 326.2
11 355.9
29.7
3.4
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
614.4
646.5
32.1
-3.4
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.1
5.4
0.2
pts
-0.4
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.6
65.9
0.3
pts
0.6
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




OCTOBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,339,400
  • Unemployment increased to 628,200
  • Unemployment rate at 5.2%
  • Participation rate increased 0.1 pt to 65.7%
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased to 1,601.2 million hours


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 29,700 (0.3%) to 11,355,900. Full-time employment decreased 14,100 to 7,970,900 and part-time employment increased 43,800 to 3,385,000.
  • Unemployment increased 32,100 (5.2%) to 646,500. The number of persons looking for full-time work increased 30,000 to 456,400 and the number of persons looking for part-time work increased 2,100 to 190,100.
  • Unemployment rate increased 0.2 pts to 5.4%. The male unemployment rate increased 0.2 pts to 5.2% and the female unemployment rate increased 0.3 pts to 5.6%.
  • Participation rate increased 0.3 pts to a record high of 65.9%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 7.9 million hours (0.5%) to 1,602.6 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
November 2010 9 December 2010
December 2010 13 January 2011
January 2011 10 February 2011
February 2011 10 March 2011
March 2011 7 April 2011
April 2011 12 May 2011



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

As foreshadowed in the September 2010 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) in the article
Labour Force Survey Population Benchmarks,
the ABS has changed the assumptions used to create the population benchmarks underpinning the Labour Force Survey estimates from this issue. Refer to the article in this publication titled Changes this month.


ROUNDING

Estimates of monthly change on the front cover 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. Therefore, published estimates and the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of this variability, see pages 33 and 34. 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
September 2010 and October 2010

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
29 700
-24 900
to
84 300
Total Unemployment
32 100
1 100
to
63 100
Unemployment rate
0.2 pts
0.0 pts
to
0.4 pts
Participation rate
0.3 pts
-0.1 pts
to
0.7 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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