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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2003  
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National summary tables

LABOUR FORCE
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

1Total labour force
'000
8,514
8,569
8,690
8,881
9,061
9,169
9,256
9,395
9,574
9,755
9,889
2Females - of total labour force
%
41.9
41.9
42.3
42.7
43.0
43.1
43.2
43.3
43.6
43.9
44.0
3Participation rate
%
62.9
62.6
62.7
63.3
63.6
63.4
63.1
63.1
63.4
63.7
63.7
4Males
%
74.3
73.8
73.6
r73.7
73.8
73.4
72.9
72.8
72.5
72.5
72.4
5Females
%
51.9
51.7
52.2
53.2
53.8
53.8
53.6
53.8
54.5
r55.1
55.3
6Females with children aged 0-4
%
46.6
r47.6
46.1
49.3
47.4
47.7
48.2
47.1
49.3
49.8
49.2
7Persons aged 15-19
%
55.7
r55.0
55.8
r58.7
r59.1
r58.9
r57.6
r58.2
59.3
r60.0
59.6
8Persons aged 20-24
%
r82.5
r82.0
82.1
r82.7
83.0
82.5
r81.9
r82.1
82.2
r82.2
81.8
9Median age of male labour force
years
r36
r36
r36
r36
r37
r37
r37
r37
r37
38
38
10Median age of female labour force
years
r34
r35
r35
r35
r36
r36
r36
r36
r37
r37
37


EMPLOYED PEOPLE
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

11Total employed
'000
7,659
7,655
7,802
8,113
8,324
8,404
8,519
8,703
8,940
9,130
9,232
12Proportion of the total population in work
%
44.0
43.5
43.9
45.2
45.7
45.6
45.7
46.2
46.9
47.4
47.3
Part-time work
13Persons employed part-time - of total employed
%
23.1
23.7
r23.9
24.5
24.7
25.3
25.7
26.1
26.3
26.7
27.9
14Males employed part-time - of total males employed
%
9.8
10.3
10.5
11.0
11.1
11.8
12.1
12.6
12.6
13.4
14.4
15Females employed part-time - of total females employed
%
r41.3
r41.8
42.2
42.6
42.6
43.1
43.5
43.6
r43.8
43.6
45.2
16Females employed part-time - of total part-time employed
%
75.6
75.0
74.9
74.5
74.5
73.6
73.3
72.6
72.9
71.9
71.3
17Average hours worked per week by persons employed part-time
hours
r14.9
r14.9
r15.0
15.3
15.2
15.4
15.5
15.6
15.7
r15.7
15.8
18Persons employed part-time who prefer more hours - of all part-time employed
%
26.4
29.2
28.3
26.1
26.1
26.2
25.8
25.1
23.9
24.3
27.3
19Persons employed part-time who worked 15 hours or less per week - of all part-time employed
%
r53.4
53.4
52.8
51.8
52.1
r51.2
50.8
50.8
49.8
49.6
49.2
Full-time work
20Average hours worked per week by persons employed full-time
hours
40.6
40.3
40.7
40.9
40.5
41.0
41.2
41.1
41.4
40.7
40.8
21Persons employed full-time working 50 hours or more per week - of all full-time employed
%
22.1
22.4
23.7
24.3
23.7
r24.3
24.9
24.9
25.5
23.9
24.3
22Employees without leave
entitlements - of all employees
%
22.3
22.7
23.7
24.0
26.1
25.8
26.9
26.4
27.3
r27.2
27.3
23Males employed without leave entitlements - of all male employees
%
15.6
16.4
18.1
18.5
21.2
20.9
22.6
22.0
23.0
r23.6
23.5
24Females employed without leave entitlements - of all female employees
%
30.9
30.6
30.8
30.8
32.0
31.7
32.0
31.8
32.3
r31.5
31.6
25Employers and own account workers - of total employed
%
15.0
15.2
15.2
14.6
14.6
13.9
14.3
13.6
13.5
13.2
13.2
Industry
26Employed in service industries - of total employed
%
71.1
70.8
71.0
r71.7
r72.3
72.6
r72.9
r73.6
73.1
73.7
74.0
27Employed in manufacturing
industry - of total employed
%
14.2
14.3
14.1
13.8
13.4
13.5
r13.3
12.5
12.5
12.5
11.9
Occupation
28Employed in highest skill (ASCO Skill Level 1) occupations(a) - of total employed
%
24.6
24.9
24.9
24.7
24.8
24.5
25.1
25.2
25.1
25.5
26.3
29Employed in lowest skill (ASCO Skill Level 5) occupations(a) - of total employed
%
22.1
21.8
22.0
22.0
21.8
20.4
20.4
20.3
19.7
19.6
19.0
30Females - of all employed in highest skill (ASCO Skill Level 1) occupations(a)
%
34.7
34.9
35.0
35.0
35.5
41.4
41.2
40.8
41.9
42.5
42.3


WORKPLACE RELATIONS
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

31Trade union members - of all employees
%
39.6
37.6
35.0
32.7
31.1
30.3
28.1
25.7
24.7
24.5
23.1
32Working days lost due to industrial disputes (per 1,000 employees)
days
147
100
76
79
131
75
72
87
61
50
32
33Pay set by collective agreements - of all employees
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
36.7
n.a.
38.2
34Pay set by individual agreements - of all employees
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
40.0
n.a.
41.3


UNEMPLOYMENT
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

35Total unemployed
'000
854.8
914.1
888.5
768.6
736.5
764.9
737.8
691.7
634.5
625.5
656.8
36Long-term unemployed - of total unemployed
%
27.4
33.7
34.6
32.3
27.5
27.0
29.3
29.7
26.7
23.4
19.5
37Long-term unemployed - of total labour force
%
2.8
3.6
3.5
2.8
2.2
2.3
2.3
2.2
1.8
1.5
1.3
38Unemployment rate
%
10.0
10.7
10.2
8.7
8.1
8.3
8.0
7.4
6.6
6.4
6.6
39Males
%
10.6
r11.5
10.7
8.9
8.5
8.6
8.2
7.6
6.7
6.7
6.9
40Females
%
9.3
9.6
r9.6
8.3
7.6
8.0
7.6
7.1
6.5
r6.1
6.3
41Capital cities
%
10.1
10.7
10.1
8.7
8.1
8.2
7.6
6.7
6.3
6.1
6.3
42Balance of states and territories
%
10.8
11.5
11.3
9.4
9.0
9.6
9.6
7.9
8.1
7.7
7.3
Unemployed looking for full-time work
43Of all persons aged 15-19
%
9.1
8.9
8.6
7.3
7.1
6.9
6.5
5.7
5.0
5.0
5.2
44Of all persons aged 20-24
%
11.3
11.6
10.8
8.7
8.5
8.9
8.6
7.6
6.3
6.4
6.6
45Median duration of unemployment - males
weeks
r30
r31
r30
r26
r22
r24
r24
r22
r21
r18
20
46Median duration of unemployment - females
weeks
r23
r24
r22
21
r17
r17
r18
r15
r12
r17
14
47Retrenchment rate
%
6.4
n.a.
5.4
n.a.
4.6
n.a.
4.4
n.a.
4.0
n.a.
3.9
48Persons previously retrenched and currently employed - of all retrenched
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
54.7
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
67.2
n.y.a.
Labour force underutilisation
49Labour force underutilisation rate
%
n.a.
n.a.
14.1
13.8
13.8
13.6
13.0
11.8
10.9
12.5
11.9
50Extended labour force underutilisation rate
%
n.a.
n.a.
15.5
15.1
15.2
15.0
14.3
13.2
r12.2
13.6
13.0


NOT IN THE LABOUR FORCE
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

51Marginally attached
'000
846.4
907.8
773.3
862.8
879.6
890.5
922.6
883.2
823.9
816.5
808.1
52Discouraged jobseekers
'000
145.6
147.4
106.5
111.9
118.9
118.4
110.9
105.8
106.5
81.7
78.0


TRANSITION TO RETIREMENT
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

Persons aged 55-64
53Participation rate - males
%
61.6
60.8
61.3
61.4
60.8
60.5
60.4
60.9
60.8
61.1
61.8
54Participation rate - females
%
25.2
25.6
27.3
27.9
30.1
31.1
31.6
32.0
34.6
36.1
38.4
55Males employed part-time - of all employed males aged 55-64
%
13.0
12.8
12.4
13.5
13.1
13.8
14.7
14.9
13.9
15.8
16.3
56Females employed part-time - of all employed females aged 55-64
%
49.9
50.1
50.2
50.7
49.8
51.2
49.6
51.0
51.3
51.3
52.3

(a) Australian Standard Classification of Occupation (ASCO) second edition was introduced in August 1996. Data prior to this date are concorded with ASCO second edition at the major group level.
Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30 June except: labour force participation of females with children (June); median age of labour force (June); employees without leave entitlements (August); occupation and trade union membership (August); working days lost due to industrial disputes (year ending 31 December); pay set by collective and individual agreements (May); median duration of unemployment (June); retrenchment rate (February); persons previously retrenched and currently employed (July); labour force underutilisation (September); not in the labour force data (September).

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