CIVILIAN LABOUR FORCE BY REGION
Between September 2008 and September 2009, the Victorian labour force increased by 51,600 people (1.8%). During this period, both the number of employed and unemployed people increased - by 15,300 (0.6%) and 36,300 (29.3%) respectively. The number of people employed full-time decreased by 7,900 (0.4%), while part-time employment increased by 23,100 (2.9%). The Victorian unemployment rate increased from 4.4% to 5.6% over the same period.
In the Melbourne Major Statistical Region (MSR), there was an increase in both employment (20,400) and unemployment (31,300), resulting in the labour force growing by 51,600 people (2.5%). However, in the Balance of Victoria MSR, an increase of 5,100 in unemployment was offset by a corresponding decrease in the number employed, so the size of the labour force remained unchanged. Over the year, the number of unemployed people in the Melbourne MSR increased by 36.2%, compared with a 13.6% increase in the Balance of Victoria MSR.
The labour force participation rate increased from 65.8% to 66.1% in the Melbourne MSR and decreased from 62.2% to 61.3% in the Balance of Victoria MSR.
The proportion of employed people who worked full-time decreased from 71.5% to 70.5% in the Melbourne MSR and slightly increased from 67.0% to 67.1% in the Balance of Victoria MSR.
Within the Balance of Victoria MSR, only the Central Highlands-Wimmera Statistical Region (SR) recorded an increase in employment (14,600), with falls in employment recorded in the Loddon-Mallee SR (-7,400), the Goulburn-Ovens-Murray SR (-4,300), the Barwon-Western District SR (-4,200) and the All Gippsland SR (-3,800).
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