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1308.8 - In fACT - Statistical Information on the ACT and Region, Dec 2010  
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LABOUR FORCE

Age groups

Occupation

Industry

Usual hours

Average weekly earnings

Underutilisation rate


Age groups

EMPLOYED PERSONS(a), By Age

August 2005
August 2009
August 2010
Full time
Part time
Full time
Part time
Full time
Part time
Age group (years)
'000
%
'000
%
'000
%
'000
%
'000
%
'000
%

Australian Capital Territory

15 - 24
18.9
13.9
17.5
36.8
20.3
13.6
15.9
32.6
19.2
12.8
17.2
33.7
25 - 34
35.3
26.0
7.4
15.5
40.4
27.2
7.6
15.6
42.5
28.3
7.3
14.2
35 - 44
32.8
24.2
8.6
18.0
34.4
23.1
9.0
18.4
34.2
22.8
9.5
18.6
45 - 54
33.1
24.4
7.4
15.4
33.6
22.6
8.2
16.9
33.5
22.3
7.3
14.3
55 - 64
14.6
10.8
5.5
11.6
18.3
12.3
6.1
12.5
18.7
12.4
7.1
13.8
65 and over
0.9
0.7
1.3
2.7
1.7
1.1
1.9
4.0
2.0
1.4
2.8
5.4
Total
135.8
100.0
47.7
100.0
148.7
100.0
48.8
100.0
150.1
100.0
51.1
100.0

Australia

15 - 24
970.7
13.7
798.9
28.4
1 024.5
13.2
880.3
27.7
1 000.3
12.8
907.1
27.3
25 - 34
1 780.3
25.1
452.3
16.1
1 935.0
25.0
467.4
14.7
1 945.2
25.0
511.6
15.4
35 - 44
1 763.7
24.9
598.3
21.3
1 844.0
23.8
656.5
20.7
1 838.8
23.6
665.4
20.0
45 - 54
1 676.7
23.7
524.1
18.7
1 819.1
23.5
580.2
18.3
1 830.5
23.5
605.1
18.2
55 - 64
804.8
11.4
338.5
12.1
1 000.4
12.9
438.2
13.8
1 036.0
13.3
472.8
14.2
65 and over
90.0
1.3
96.3
3.4
128.3
1.7
150.1
4.7
144.2
1.8
164.0
4.9
Total
7 086.2
100.0
2 808.4
100.0
7 751.4
100.0
3 172.9
100.0
7 795.0
100.0
3 325.9
100.0

(a) Annual averages.
Source: Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001).


Employed full time

The average number of Australian Capital Territory (ACT) usual residents employed full time in the 12 months ending August 2010 was 150,100, similar to the previous year (148,700), and up 10.5% (+14,300) from August 2005 (135,800). The average number of people employed full time in Australia in the 12 months ending August 2010 was 7.8 million, up 0.6% (+44,000) from the year to August 2009 (7.7 million) and up 10% (+708,800) from the 12 months ending August 2005 (7 million).

From the 12 months ending August 2005 to the 12 months ending August 2010 the number of full time employed persons in the 65 years and over age group in the ACT experienced the strongest growth of all age groups up 1,100 (+122%). Nationally, the 65 years and over age group experienced the strongest growth in the number of employed persons with an increase of 54,200 (+60.2%).

Employed part time

The average number of ACT usual residents employed part time in the 12 months ending August 2010 was 51,100, up 4.7% from the previous year (48,800). Nationally, the average number of people employed part time in the 12 months ending August 2010 was 3.3 million, up 5% (+153,000) from 2009 (3.2 million).

The proportion of people employed part time, aged 15-24 years, has consistently been higher than any other age group in the ACT and nationally. However, the proportion in the ACT has declined from 36.8% in 2005 to 33.7% in 2010, while nationally the decline was from 28.4% in 2005 to 27.3% in 2010.


Occupation

EMPLOYED PERSONS(a), By Occupation - Australian Capital Territory

August 2005
August 2010
Occupation major group(b)
'000
%
'000
%

Managers
26.1
14.2
29.4
14.6
Professionals
50.1
27.2
64.5
32.0
Technicians and Trades Workers
21.0
11.4
21.4
10.6
Community and Personal Service Workers
17.8
9.7
18.5
9.2
Clerical and Administrative Workers
36.9
20.0
37.9
18.8
Sales Workers
16.5
9.0
15.6
7.7
Machinery Operators And Drivers
4.3
2.3
4.5
2.2
Labourers
11.2
6.1
9.9
4.9
Total
183.9
100.0
201.8
100.0

(a) Annual average of quarterly data.
(b) Classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation (ANZSCO), First Edition, 2006.
Source: Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003)


Based on occupation by major group, Professionals made up the largest proportion of employed persons in the ACT for the August 2010 quarter (32%). The group with the largest increase over the five years (2005 to 2010) was Professionals, with 14,400 more people employed in the August 2010 quarter than in 2005. The group experiencing the largest decrease was Labourers, falling 1,300 persons from the quarter ending August 2005 to 2010.


Industry

EMPLOYED PERSONS(a), By Industry - Australian Capital Territory

August 2005
August 2010
Industry division(b)
'000
%
'000
%

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
0.9
0.5
0.6
0.3
Mining
-
-
-
-
Manufacturing
4.6
2.5
4.2
2.1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
1.3
0.7
1.3
0.6
Construction
11.9
6.5
12.7
6.3
Wholesale Trade
2.7
1.5
3.3
1.6
Retail Trade
17.5
9.5
16.8
8.3
Accommodation and Food Services
11.7
6.3
10.2
5.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
4.8
2.6
5.1
2.5
Information Media and Telecommunications
5.1
2.8
4.7
2.3
Financial and Insurance Services
3.9
2.1
4.0
2.0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
3.5
1.9
2.4
1.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
17.0
9.3
21.2
10.5
Administrative and Support Services
6.6
3.6
5.2
2.6
Public Administration and Safety
47.7
25.9
61.3
30.4
Education and Training
15.6
8.5
18.8
9.3
Health Care and Social Assistance
17.5
9.5
16.9
8.4
Arts and Recreation Services
4.3
2.4
5.3
2.6
Other Services
7.1
3.8
7.5
3.7
Total
183.9
100.0
201.8
100.0

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Annual average of quarterly data.
(b) Classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0).
Source: Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003).


Based on employment by industry division, the largest employer in the ACT for the 12 months ending August quarter 2010 was Public Administration and Safety (61,300). This was also the industry with the largest increase in employed persons between the quarter ending August 2005 and quarter ending August 2010 (13,600 persons).


Usual hours

EMPLOYED PERSONS(a), By Usual hours worked

August 2010
Full time
Part time
'000
%
'000
%

Australian Capital Territory

0 hours
-
-
-
-
1-15 hours
0.3
0.2
20.3
39.8
16-29 hours
0.9
0.6
21.3
41.6
30-34 hours
1.4
0.9
9.2
18.1
35-39 hours
57.3
38.2
-
-
40 hours
40.8
27.2
-
-
41-44 hours
7.0
4.7
-
-
45-49 hours
15.9
10.6
-
-
50-59 hours
17.4
11.6
-
-
60 or more hours
9.2
6.1
-
-
Total
150.1
100.0
51.1
100.0

Australia

0 hours
3.1
-
24.2
0.7
1-15 hours
13.4
0.2
1 274.1
38.3
16-29 hours
51.4
0.7
1 429.1
43.0
30-34 hours
79.3
1.0
598.6
18.0
35-39 hours
2 407.2
30.9
-
-
40 hours
2 326.9
29.9
-
-
41-44 hours
332.3
4.3
-
-
45-49 hours
820.5
10.5
-
-
50-59 hours
1 009.2
12.9
-
-
60 or more hours
751.7
9.6
-
-
Total
7 795.0
100.0
3 325.9
100.0

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Annual average monthly data.
Source: Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001).


Usual hours worked by employed persons, on average, during the 12 months ending August 2010 differed between the ACT and Australia. A smaller proportion of full-time workers in the ACT worked 41 hours or more per week (33%) compared with Australia (37.3%). However, a larger proportion of ACT full-time employed (65.4%) worked between 35-40 hours than the national average (60.8%). In the 12 months ending August 2010 the most common hours usually worked by people employed part time in the ACT and Australia were 16-29 hours per week (ACT 41.6%, Australia 43%).


Average weekly earnings

AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS: Trend

August 2009
August 2010

Australian Capital Territory

Earnings $
1 115.6
1 211.7
Change from previous quarter %
1.4
1.5
Change from corresponding quarter of previous year %
5.8
8.6

Australia

Earnings $
939.0
982.9
Change from previous quarter %
1.4
0.6
Change from corresponding quarter of previous year %
4.3
4.7

Source: Average Weekly Earning, Australia (cat. no. 6302.0)


In trend terms, Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) of $1,212 for the ACT in August 2010 were $229 higher than the national average of $983. AWE increased 8.62% between August 2009 and August 2010 for the ACT (from $1,116 to $1,212) and 4.7% for Australia (from $939 to $983).


Underutilisation rate

LABOUR FORCE UNDERUTILISATION RATE, Trend
Graph: Labour Force Underutilisation Rate, Trend, ACT and Australia


In trend terms, the labour force underutilisation rate for Australia generally fell between August 2004 and May 2008 to a low of 10.0% and has since risen to 12.3% in August 2010. Over the same period, the labour force underutilisation rate for ACT has increased by only 0.8 percentage points (8.9% in the August quarter 2004 to 8.1% in the August quarter 2010).





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