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1350.0 - Australian Economic Indicators, May 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/04/2009   
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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)
March 2009 (M)
63.7
64.5
67.8
63.3
69.1
62.1
74.1
72.4
65.5
Unemployment rate (%) (trend)
March 2009 (M)
6.3
5.5
4.7
5.8
4.3
4.6
4.0
2.8
5.4
Average weekly total earnings ($) (original)
November 2008 (Q)
916.40
880.30
887.20
847.50
1 025.90
778.20
932.70
1 123.90
909.50

Selected indicators per head of population(a)

Final demand ($’000) (Chain volume measures) (seasonally adjusted)
December Quarter 2008 (Q)
12.3
12.4
13.4
11.7
16.0
11.6
19.3
27.3
13.2
Retail turnover ($) (Chain volume measures) (seasonally adjusted)
December Quarter 2008 (Q)
2 350
2 523
2 536
2 386
2 714
2 417
2 691
2 928
2 484
Retail turnover ($) (trend)(b)
February 2009 (M)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Private new capital expenditure ($) (seasonally adjusted)(c)
December Quarter 2008 (Q)
790
876
1 348
766
3 608
674
2 258
527
1 218
Registration of new motor vehicles (no. per ’000 population) (trend)
March 2009 (M)
3.114
3.535
3.476
2.829
3.698
2.863
3.179
3.501
3.329
Res. building approvals (no. per ’000 population) (trend)
February 2009 (M)
0.237
0.604
0.399
0.557
0.653
0.481
0.339
0.463
0.437
Res. building approvals ($) (original)
February 2009 (M)
55
159
99
107
178
76
120
105
108
Housing finance commitments ($) (original)
February 2009 (M)
624
533
703
663
776
472
481
728
632

Percentage change from previous period

Final demand (Chain volume measures) (seasonally adjusted)
December Quarter 2008 (Q)
-0.3
1.2
0.5
-1.4
0.6
-0.1
-0.7
-1.1
0.1
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)
February 2009 (M)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Private new capital expenditure (seasonally adjusted)(c)
December Quarter 2008 (Q)
4.6
13.4
12.3
-16.4
7.6
14.7
7.0
13.1
8.3
Registration of new motor vehicles (trend)
February 2009 (Q)
-1.6
-1.8
-1.9
-2.5
-2.3
-0.1
-4.1
-0.3
-1.8
Res. building approvals- number (trend)
February 2009 (M)
-4.3
1.1
-7.7
-1.4
0.3
1.5
-4.7
-1.1
-2.0
Res. building approvals- value (original)
February 2009 (M)
32.9
54.5
12.6
34.9
30.7
-9.1
113.4
117.6
35.5
Consumer Price Index (original)
March Quarter 2009 (M)
0.1
0.2
0.2
0.0
-0.1
0.2
0.1
0.4
0.1
Labour force participation rate (percentage points) (trend)
March 2009 (M)
0.1
0.0
0.1
-0.1
0.0
0.0
0.3
-0.1
0.0
Unemployment rate (percentage points) (trend)
March 2009 (M)
0.3
0.2
0.1
0.0
0.4
0.0
0.0
0.1
0.2
Average weekly total earnings (original)
November 2008 (Q)
0.3
-0.2
1.8
2.6
2.4
3.1
-0.9
2.5
0.9
Housing finance commitments (original)
February 2009 (M)
23.2
3.3
18.0
14.1
11.0
15.3
10.6
32.3
15.0
Total hourly rates of pay indexes, excluding bonuses (original)
December Quarter 2008 (Q)
1.0
1.2
1.1
1.4
1.8
1.2
1.5
1.0
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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