6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jun 2017 Quality Declaration 
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

May 2017
Jun 2017
May 17 to Jun 17
Jun 16 to Jun 17

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
12 133.6
12 160.1
26.4
1.9
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
730.5
726.8
-3.7
0.6
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.7
5.6
0.0
pts
-0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.9
64.9
0.1
pts
0.2
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
12 152.8
12 166.9
14.0
2.0
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
715.0
728.1
13.1
0.2
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.6
5.6
0.1
pts
-0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.9
65.0
0.1
pts
0.2
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




JUNE KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 26,400 to 12,160,100.
  • Unemployment decreased 3,700 to 726,800.
  • Unemployment rate decreased less than 0.1 pts to 5.6%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 64.9%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 6.2 million hours (0.4%) to 1,691.5 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 14,000 to 12,166,900. Full-time employment increased 62,000 to 8,356,000 and part-time employment decreased 48,000 to 3,810,800.
  • Unemployment increased 13,100 to 728,100. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 9,200 to 500,600 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work increased 3,900 to 227,500.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.6%, following a revised May 2017 estimate.
  • Participation rate increased by 0.1 pts to 65%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 8.9 million hours (0.5%) to 1,703.5 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
July 2017 17 August 2017
August 2017 14 September 2017
September 2017 19 October 2017
October 2017 16 November 2017
November 2017 14 December 2017
December 2017 18 January 2018



REBASED POPULATION REBENCHMARKING

Every five years the ABS routinely rebenchmarks the labour force series, following the release of population estimates rebased to the most recent census. A short note on rebased population rebenchmarking can be found on page 8 of this issue.


ROUNDING

Estimates of 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, movement 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 movements are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of sampling variability. 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 MAY 2017 AND JUNE 2017

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
14 000
-45 200
to
73 200
Total Unemployment
13 100
-23 700
to
49 900
Unemployment rate
0.1 pts
-0.1 pts
to
0.3 pts
Participation rate
0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.5 pts




INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, email <client.services@abs.gov.au> or contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.