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CIVILIAN LABOUR FORCE BY REGION
The trend estimate of the total number of unemployed persons in Victoria for September 2010 was 162,900 persons, a decrease of 4,200 persons from September 2009. This resulted in an unemployment rate of 5.4%, a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from September 2009. The female unemployment rate (5.6%) was higher than the male unemployment rate (5.3%) in September 2010.
The trend estimate of the participation rate for Victoria in September 2010 was 65.7% which was 0.6 percentage points higher than the rate recorded in September 2009. The female participation rate is historically lower than the male participation rate and in September 2010 the female and male participation rates were 58.8% and 72.9%, respectively. Between September 2009 and September 2010 the male participation rate increased by 0.7 percentage points while the female participation rate increased by 0.6 percentage points.
View underlying data as an Excel spreadsheet: Download Table 05. Labour force status by Sex - Victoria - Trend, seasonally adjusted and original from the Downloads Page.
The rest of the chapter deals with original series estimates unless otherwise stated.
In the Melbourne Major Statistical Region (MSR), there was an increase in employment (98,300) and a decrease in unemployment (11,900), resulting in the labour force growing by 86,400 people (4.0%) between September 2009 and September 2010. The labour force also grew in the Balance of Victoria MSR, with an increase in both employment (17,700) and unemployment (7,300). In the Melbourne MSR, full-time and part-time employment increased by 4.7% and 5.0% respectively, while in the Balance of Victoria MSR, full-time employment increased by 4.1% and part-time employment decreased by 0.5%.
The labour force participation rate increased from 67.3% to 68.3% in the Melbourne MSR and from 67.3% to 68.3% in the Balance of Victoria MSR.
Between September 2009 and September 2010, the proportion of employed people who worked full-time remained constant (70.4%) in the Melbourne MSR, and increased from 61.7% to 62.3% in the Balance of Victoria MSR.
Change in employed persons, Labour Force Regions in Balance of Victoria - September 2009 to September 2010
Within the Balance of Victoria MSR, the All Gippsland Statistical Region (SR) recorded the largest increase in employment (15,800), followed by the Loddon-Mallee SR (8,700) while falls in employment were recorded in the Central Highlands-Wimmera SR (-4,600) and Goulburn-Ovens-Murray SR (-3,400).
View underlying data as an Excel spreadsheet: Download Civilian labour force, By Statistical Region from the Downloads Page.