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The number of males employed full-time in South Australia increased to be 363,200 (in trend terms) in September 2010. Looking at the composition of all male employees, those working full-time accounted for 83.0% of the male workforce, up from 80.8% in September 2009. The number of females employed full-time increased for the eleventh consecutive month to be 188,900 in September 2010; 3.9% higher than the corresponding month of the previous year. At that time full-time female employees accounted for 49.2% and by September 2010 this proportion had risen to 50.3%.
After increasing between February and May 2010, South Australia's trend unemployment rate has held steady at 5.4% but remains above the national unemployment rate for the fifth consecutive month. Australia's unemployment rate (in trend terms) has fallen from 5.8% in mid 2009 to be 5.1% in September 2010.
From a high of 6.2% in mid 2009, the trend unemployment rate for South Australian males fell to 5.1% in January and February 2010. Since that time, the series has been gradually rising with male unemployment 5.5% in September 2010. In contrast, the trend unemployment rate for South Australian females rose from a low of 4.9% in mid 2009 before plateauing at 5.4% between March and June 2010. Over the last three months the series has started falling again and was 5.2% in September 2010.
Nationally, the trend unemployment rates for males and females in September 2010 were 5.0% and 5.3% respectively.
Following six months of relative stability, the trend estimate of the participation rate for South Australia has risen marginally in the last two months and was 63.5% in September 2010. Australia's trend participation rate has also shown very little variation over the same period and was 65.5% in September.
In South Australia, the participation rate for males fell gradually over the first half of 2010, but since then has held steady and was 69.8% in September 2010. The Australian participation rate for males has shown little movement for more than a year and was 72.4% in September 2010. From a peak of 58.0% in April and May 2009, the participation rate for South Australian females fell to 56.7% in early 2010, but has risen gradually since then to be 57.4% in September. The Australian female participation rate also rose marginally in September to be 58.8%.
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