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6248.0.55.001 - Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia, Dec 2006  
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Note: The Time Series Spreadsheets for Tables 1 and 3 of the December quarter 2006 issue have been reissued, on 3 April 2007, due to four series in each table having missing data from Aug-1983 to May-1989 inclusive.
This reissue does not affect any other part of the product release.

DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Nov 2006
Aug 2006 to Nov 2006
Nov 2005 to Nov 2006
'000
% change
% change

PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES
Trend estimates
Commonwealth Government
264.2
1.2
4.2
State Government
1 242.3
0.9
3.4
Local Government
168.8
0.5
1.4
Total Public Sector
1 675.3
0.9
3.3
Seasonally Adjusted estimates
Commonwealth Government
264.3
-9.7
4.1
State Government
1 243.5
1.1
3.7
Local Government
168.6
0.4
1.6
Total Public Sector
1 676.4
-0.9
3.5

Dec Qtr 2006
Sep Qtr 2006 to Dec Qtr 2006
Dec Qtr 2005 to Dec Qtr 2006
$m
% change
% change

PUBLIC SECTOR GROSS EARNINGS
Original estimates
Commonwealth Government
4 554.2
13.2
9.4
State Government
17 773.2
5.9
8.3
Local Government
1 901.6
3.7
9.6
Total Public Sector
24 229.0
7.0
8.6

Public sector employees
Graph: Public sector employees (000), Seasonally adjusted and Trend



DECEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES
  • From November 2005 to November 2006 the number of public sector employees increased by 54,000 (3.3%) to 1,675,300.
  • In the same period the number of employees increased in Commonwealth government by 4.2%, state government by 3.4% and local government by 1.4%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2007 14 June 2007
June 2007 13 September 2007



NOTES ON ESTIMATES

2006 CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING


Original and seasonally adjusted estimates of Commonwealth and total public sector employees for May and August 2006 include temporary staff recruited by the ABS to conduct the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. For trend estimates, the impact of temporary ABS staff has been explicitly removed. For more information on trend estimates see paragraphs 21 to 25 of the Explanatory Notes.



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