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1350.0 - Australian Economic Indicators, Mar 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/02/2009   
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Contents >> State Comparison >> Summary

SUMMARY

State summary

Period
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
South Australia
Western Australia
Tasmania
Northern Territory
Australian Capital Territory
Australia

Selected indicators

Labour force Participation rate (%) (trend)
January 2009 (M)
63.2
64.2
67.5
63.2
68.6
61.7
73.1
72.5
65.0
Unemployment rate (%) (trend)
January 2009 (M)
5.3
4.6
4.1
5.6
3.0
4.5
4.2
2.6
4.6
Average weekly total earnings ($) (original)
August 2008 (Q)
913.28
881.84
871.49
826.39
1 002.32
754.63
940.75
1 097.00
901.75

Selected indicators per head of population(a)

Final demand ($’000) (Chain volume measures) (seasonally adjusted)
September Quarter 2008 (Q)
12.4
12.4
13.5
11.7
16.3
11.3
19.4
27.8
13.3
Retail turnover ($) (Chain volume measures) (seasonally adjusted)
December Quarter 2008 (Q)
2 367
2 543
2 560
2 394
2 745
2 420
2 705
2 946
2 503
Retail turnover ($) (trend)(b)
December 2008 (M)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Private new capital expenditure ($) (seasonally adjusted)(c)
September Quarter 2008 (Q)
757
753
1 181
923
3 334
565
2 121
437
1 116
Registration of new motor vehicles (no. per ’000 population) (trend)
January 2009 (M)
3.301
3.771
3.744
3.104
3.951
2.778
3.626
3.596
3.553
Res. building approvals (no. per ’000 population) (trend)
December 2008 (M)
0.274
0.560
0.478
0.565
0.644
0.471
0.385
0.440
0.453
Res. building approvals ($) (original)
December 2008 (M)
65
115
102
103
154
85
56
82
97
Housing finance commitments ($) (original)
December 2008 (M)
674
616
690
679
797
423
610
722
670

Percentage change from previous period

Final demand (Chain volume measures) (seasonally adjusted)
September Quarter 2008 (Q)
0.6
-1.4
-0.5
1.2
1.6
-0.8
3.1
0.3
0.4
Retail turnover (Chain volume measures) (seasonally adjusted)
December Quarter 2008 (Q)
1.3
1.9
0.2
-0.2
-1.7
1.2
3.2
1.6
0.8
Retail turnover (trend)(b)
December 2008 (M)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Private new capital expenditure (seasonally adjusted)(c)
September Quarter 2008 (Q)
-4.3
-7.9
8.0
20.1
15.5
-18.3
5.1
22.4
3.2
Registration of new motor vehicles (trend)
December 2008 (Q)
-1.2
-1.2
-1.0
-1.2
-2.4
-2.3
-1.6
0.7
-1.3
Res. building approvals- number (trend)
December 2008 (M)
-1.9
-4.3
-8.1
-4.1
-5.2
-2.7
3.7
-16.6
-4.9
Res. building approvals- value (original)
December 2008 (M)
-0.8
-10.2
-9.0
-3.3
-7.4
-13.5
-73.0
-36.6
-9.0
Consumer Price Index (original)
December Quarter 2008 (M)
-0.2
-0.5
-0.2
-0.3
-0.3
-0.2
-0.4
-0.4
-0.3
Labour force participation rate (percentage points) (trend)
January 2009 (M)
0.0
0.0
0.0
-0.1
-0.2
-0.2
0.3
0.0
0.0
Unemployment rate (percentage points) (trend)
January 2009 (M)
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.2
0.0
0.1
Average weekly total earnings (original)
August 2008 (Q)
1.2
2.2
3.2
1.2
1.6
-2.5
2.8
3.5
1.9
Housing finance commitments (original)
December 2008 (M)
12.5
15.8
10.3
18.5
16.5
8.9
24.4
37.4
14.1
Total hourly rates of pay indexes, excluding bonuses (original)
September Quarter 2008 (Q)
1.1
1.1
1.5
1.1
1.3
1.4
0.8
1.3
1.2

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) The latest quarterly estimate of Australian resident population is shown in Table 9.2. This estimation has been used to calculate ratios for subsequent periods.
(b) The trend series has been suspended as at November 2008. Refer to the December 2008 issue of Retail Trade, Australia, (cat. no. 8501.0) or details.
(c) Extreme care should be exercised in using the seasonally adjusted series for Private new capital expenditure for Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. The highly erratic nature of this data makes reliable estimation of the seasonal pattern very difficult.






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