6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jun 2018 Quality Declaration 
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

May 2018
Jun 2018
May 18 to Jun 18
Jun 17 to Jun 18

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
12 535.9
12 562.8
26.9
2.6
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
720.3
719.0
-1.2
-1.7
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.4
5.4
0.0
pts
-0.2
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.6
65.6
0.0
pts
0.4
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
12 522.7
12 573.6
50.9
2.8
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
715.2
714.1
-1.1
-2.6
%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.4
5.4
0.0
pts
-0.3
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.5
65.7
0.2
pts
0.6
pts

Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate



JUNE KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 26,900 to 12,562,800.
  • Unemployment decreased 1,200 to 719,000.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 65.6%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 3.4 million hours (0.2%) to 1,752.0 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 50,900 to 12,573,600. Full-time employment increased 41,200 to 8,565,200 and part-time employment increased 9,700 to 4,008,400.
  • Unemployment decreased 1,100 to 714,100. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 5,100 to 501,900 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work decreased 6,100 to 212,200.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4%.
  • Participation rate increased by 0.2 pts to 65.7%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 10.7 million hours (0.6%) to 1,750.7 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
July 2018 16 August 2018
August 2018 13 September 2018
September 2018 18 October 2018
October 2018 15 November 2018
November 2018 20 December 2018
December 2018 24 January 2019


UPDATE ON MONTHLY UNDEREMPLOYMENT ESTIMATES

As previously advised, the ABS intends to release monthly trend and seasonally adjusted underemployment and underutilisation measures in the September issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) on 18 October 2018. Further information on the new monthly series, including changes that will be made to the suite of time series spreadsheets, will be included ahead of the release of the new series.


ADOPTION OF AN ADDRESS REGISTER

Under the previous Labour Force Survey's (LFS) data collection approach field officers first visited selected areas to compile a list of addresses. This list was then used to source addresses for participation in the survey.

From July 2018, the ABS will introduce gradually an address register for the LFS. Established in 2015 as a comprehensive list of all physical addresses in Australia, an address register removes the need for field officers to visit selected areas to compile lists of addresses. This will increase the efficiency of data collection and the effectiveness of sample selected for the LFS.


NEW LABOUR FORCE SURVEY SAMPLE COMMENCES IN JULY

Since May 2013, the Labour Force Survey sample has been selected using information collected in the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. The effectiveness of the Labour Force sample is maintained by updating it with information from the most recent Census. Commencing with July 2018, the ABS will utilise information from the 2016 Census for sample selection with the new sample phased in over eight months from July 2018. An information paper titled Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, Jul 2018 (cat. no. 6269.0) will be released on 30 July 2018 with detailed information on the new sample.


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 2018 AND JUNE 2018

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
50 900
-9 500
to
111 300
Total Unemployment
-1 100
-37 900
to
35 700
Unemployment rate
0.0 pts
-0.2 pts
to
0.2 pts
Participation rate
0.2 pts
-0.2 pts
to
0.6 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.