6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Dec 2016 Quality Declaration 
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Nov 2016
Dec 2016
Nov 16 to Dec 16
Dec 15 to Dec 16

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 958.6
11 966.8
8.2
0.7
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
722.5
725.7
3.2
-1.6
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.7
5.7
0.0
pts
-0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.6
64.6
0.0
pts
-0.5
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 972.5
11 985.9
13.5
0.8
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
726.4
741.1
14.7
2.3
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.7
5.8
0.1
pts
0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.6
64.7
0.1
pts
-0.4
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 8,200 to 11,966,800.
  • Unemployment increased 3,200 to 725,700.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.7%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 64.6%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 2.3 million hours to 1,669.1 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 13,500 to 11,985,900. Full-time employment increased 9,300 to 8,176,500 and part-time employment increased 4,200 to 3,809,500.
  • Unemployment increased 14,700 to 741,100. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 15,000 to 528,900 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work decreased 300 to 212,200.
  • Unemployment rate increased 0.1 pts to 5.8%.
  • Participation rate increased 0.1 pts to 64.7%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 6.9 million hours to 1,670.4 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
January 2017 16 February 2017
February 2017 16 March 2017
March 2017 13 April 2017
April 2017 18 May 2017
May 2017 15 June 2017
June 2017 20 July 2017



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 NOVEMBER 2016 AND DECEMBER 2016

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
13 500
-45 300
to
72 300
Total Unemployment
14 700
-22 500
to
51 900
Unemployment rate
0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.5 pts
Participation rate
0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.5 pts




INQUIRIES

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