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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1996  
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National summary tables


LABOUR FORCE

Units
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995

Total labour force
'000
7,199
7,451
7,679
7,867
8,083
8,346
8,491
8,518
8,574
8,696
8,888
Participation rate
%
60.5
61.4
62.0
62.2
62.6
63.5
63.6
63.0
62.6
62.8
63.3
Male participation rate
%
75.9
75.9
75.6
75.3
75.2
75.5
r75.3
74.4
73.9
73.6
73.8
Female participation rate
%
45.7
47.4
48.7
49.4
50.4
51.9
52.3
51.9
51.7
52.2
53.2
Women (of labour force)
%
38.3
39.1
39.8
40.3
40.8
41.4
41.7
41.9
41.9
42.3
42.7


PAID WORK

k
Units
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995

Total employed
'000
6,579
6,860
7,044
7,256
7,549
7,832
7,782
7,637
7,634
7,781
8,093
Part-time employed (of total employed)
%
17.7
18.3
19.2
19.8
20.1
20.9
21.7
22.9
23.5
23.8
24.4
Employment/population ratio
%
55.3
56.6
56.9
57.4
58.5
59.6
58.3
56.5
55.8
56.2
57.7
Employed in service industries (of employed)
%
66.5
66.9
67.6
67.8
68.2
69.1
70.6
70.9
70.7
71.1
71.4
Employed in manufacturing industries (of employed)
%
16.7
16.1
15.9
15.8
15.6
14.8
14.2
14.1
13.9
14.0
13.8
Part-time employed who prefer more hours (of part-time employed)
%
17.7
16.9
18.4
r18.7
17.6
18.0
21.7
26.4
29.2
28.3
26.1
Average hours worked per week by full-time workers
hours
38.8
39.1
39.7
39.7
39.7
39.8
39.9
40.6
40.3
40.7
40.9
Average weekly hours of paid overtime per employee
hours
1.2
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.3
1.1
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.2


INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Units
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995

Trade union membership rate
%
na
45.6
na
41.6
na
40.5
na
39.6
na
35.0
na
Working days lost due to industrial disputes per 1,000 employees
days
228
242
223
269
190
r207
r248
r147
r100
r76
79


UNEMPLOYMENT

Units
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995

Total unemployed
'000
619.4
591.5
635.1
610.5
534.6
513.7
709.0
881.7
940.5
915.5
794.6
Long-term unemployed
'000
192.5
172.1
176.8
169.1
145.6
116.4
149.5
255.7
336.3
334.8
273.6
Unemployment rate
%
8.6
7.9
8.3
7.8
6.6
6.2
8.4
10.4
11.0
10.5
8.9
Youth unemployment rate
%
21.3
19.9
20.3
18.9
15.7
14.9
20.0
23.8
r24.4
23.8
20.9
Youth unemployment/population ratio
%
12.8
12.1
12.3
11.2
9.4
9.1
11.7
13.3
13.5
13.3
12.3
Median duration of unemployment
weeks
r20.9
r19.3
r18.6
r17.7
r15.9
r12.3
r14.3
r23.4
r27.4
27.5
23.8


NOT IN LABOUR FORCE

Units
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995

Discouraged jobseekers
'000
83.0
83.6
94.4
83.8
76.1
100.9
138.2
145.6
147.4
106.5
111.9


Reference periods: All data are annual averages for the year ending 30th June except for average weekly hours of paid overtime per employee, trade union membership rate, working days lost due to industrial disputes per 1,000 employees, and discouraged jobseekers.


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