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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Aug 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/09/2010   
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES

Jul 2010
Aug 2010
Jul 10 to Aug 10
Aug 09 to Aug 10

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 236.1
11 258.2
22.1
2.9
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
615.0
612.6
-2.4
-8.9
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.2
5.2
0.0
pts
-0.6
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.4
65.4
0.0
pts
0.0
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 241.1
11 272.0
30.9
3.2
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
630.2
607.7
-22.5
-9.5
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.3
5.1
-0.2
pts
-0.7
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.5
65.4
-0.1
pts
0.2
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment rate




AUGUST KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,258,200
  • Unemployment decreased to 612,600
  • Unemployment rate at 5.2%
  • Participation rate at 65.4%
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased to 1,589.7 million hours


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 30,900 (0.3%) to 11,272,000. Full-time employment increased 53,100 to 7,920,400 and part-time employment decreased 22,100 to 3,351,600.
  • Unemployment decreased 22,500 (-3.6%) to 607,700. The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased 17,600 to 429,300 and the number of persons looking for part-time work decreased 4,900 to 178,400.
  • Unemployment rate decreased 0.2 pts to 5.1%. The male unemployment rate decreased 0.3 pts to 4.9% and the female unemployment rate decreased 0.1 pt to 5.3%.
  • Participation rate decreased 0.1 pt to 65.4%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 14.8 million hours (0.9%) to 1,594.1 million hours.


LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION (QUARTERLY CHANGE)
  • Trend estimates: Labour force underutilisation rate decreased 0.2 pts to 12.3%.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: Labour force underutilisation rate increased 0.2 pts to 12.5%. The male labour force underutilisation rate increased 0.2 pts to 10.7% and the female labour force underutilisation rate increased 0.3 pts to 14.7%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
September 2010 7 October 2010
October 2010 11 November 2010
November 2010 9 December 2010
December 2010 13 January 2011
January 2011 10 February 2011
February 2011 10 March 2011



ROUNDING

Estimates of monthly change shown 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
July 2010 and August 2010

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
30 900
-23 300
to
85 100
Total Unemployment
-22 500
-52 900
to
7 900
Unemployment rate
-0.2 pts
-0.4 pts
to
0.0 pts
Participation rate
-0.1 pts
-0.5 pts
to
0.3 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 Meagan Leach on Canberra (02) 6252 6525, email labourforce@abs.gov.au.


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