Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002
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Job vacancies statistics, taken together with employment statistics, help in assessing the demand for labour. A job vacancy is a job available for immediate filling on the survey reference day and for which recruitment action has been taken by the employer.
Table 6.20 shows that, of the 18,700 decrease in job vacancies in Australia between May 2000 and May 2001, the largest decreases occurred in Property and business services (by 4,700), Personal and other services (by 3,900) and Manufacturing (by 3,800), with small movements in other industries.
Graph 6.21 provides trend estimates of job vacancies for the private sector and public sectors, for the period May 1981 to May 2001. It shows that, after declining to below 10,000 between 1991 and 1994, job vacancies in the public sector now stand at 15,200 in May 2001. In contrast, the number of job vacancies in the private sector has been far more volatile. After reaching a low of 19,100 in May 1991, private sector job vacancies climbed to 93,600 in August 2000, the highest level recorded to that point, before falling back to 75,300 in May 2001.
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