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This is the first issue of Job Vacancies, Australia since May 2008, due to the suspension of the Job Vacancies Survey in 2008-09.
Caution should be used when comparing estimates from November 2009 onwards with estimates for May 2008 and previous periods, due to the changes outlined below:
Further information on this topic can be accessed at Job Vacancies, Australia (cat. no. 6354.0).
In July 2010, total employment in Queensland in trend terms rose 0.2% to 2,319,400 persons, the twelfth monthly rise following five consecutive monthly decreases. Full-time employed persons (1,653,600) accounted for 71% of total employed persons. Males accounted for 65% of full-time employed persons and 54% of total employed persons.
The trend estimate of the number of unemployed persons in Queensland for July 2010 was 134,300 persons. This equates to an unemployment rate of 5.5%. The Queensland trend unemployment rate has been higher than the national unemployment rate from August 2009 onwards.
In Queensland in July 2010, the trend male unemployment rate was 5.2% and the trend female unemployment rate was 5.8%. From November 2008 to February 2010, female unemployment rates were lower than male unemployment rates. From March 2010 onwards, the female unemployment rate has been increasing and higher than the male unemployment rate in trend terms.
The trend estimate of the participation rate for Queensland in July 2010 was 67.8%. This was 2.8 percentage points higher than the Queensland rate in July 2000 and 2.5 percentage points higher than the national participation rate in July 2010.
For Queensland, the trend female participation rate was 61.4% in July 2010 and has remained unchanged at this level since January 2010. The female participation rate has been over 60% since June 2006 and in July 2010 was 4.8 percentage points higher than that recorded in July 2000.
The trend male participation rate has been increasing from February 2010 and in July 2010 was 74.4%. This was 0.7 percentage points higher than the rate recorded for July 2000.
Further information on these topics can be accessed at Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) or by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. These publications are released monthly.
Employed Persons by Industry
There were 2,286,300 employed persons in Queensland in May 2010. The five industries with the most number of employed persons were Retail trade (260,100), Health care and social assistance (257,100), Construction (230,400), Manufacturing (192,000), and Accommodation and food services (170,600). Those industries employing the least number of persons included Electricity, gas, water and waste services (28,300), Information, media and telecommunications (30,400), and Arts and recreation services (37,600).
The five industries with the most number of employed persons accounted for almost 48% of Queensland's employed persons.
In the year May 2009 to May 2010, the greatest proportional increase of employed persons occurred in the Administrative and Support Services (30%). In the same period, Information Media and Telecommunications had the greatest proportional decrease in employed persons with a reduction of 23%.
Note: Employed persons by industry has been reported in original terms and cannot be directly compared with the trend estimates reported for Labour Force.
For more detailed information on this topic, please refer to Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003) or contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. This publication is released quarterly.