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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Nov 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/12/2008   
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NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES

Oct 2008
Nov 2008
Oct 08 to Nov 08
Nov 07 to Nov 08

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
10 748.5
10 756.8
8.2
1.6
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
484.5
488.6
4.1
3.7
%
Unemployment rate (%)
4.3
4.3
0.0
pts
0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.1
65.1
0.0
pts
0.0
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
10 765.6
10 750.0
-15.6
1.5
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
488.7
496.6
7.9
1.3
%
Unemployment rate (%)
4.3
4.4
0.1
pts
0.0
pts
Participation rate (%)
65.2
65.1
-0.2
pts
-0.3
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment rate
Graph: Unemployment rate




NOVEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • EMPLOYMENT increased to 10,756,800
  • UNEMPLOYMENT increased to 488,600
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE remained steady at 4.3%
  • PARTICIPATION RATE remained steady at 65.1%


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)

EMPLOYMENT
  • decreased by 15,600 to 10,750,000. Full-time employment increased by 8,800 to 7,695,300 and part-time employment decreased by 24,400 to 3,054,600.


UNEMPLOYMENT
  • increased by 7,900 to 496,600. The number of persons looking for full-time work increased by 5,900 to 344,700 and the number of persons looking for part-time work increased by 2,000 to 151,900.


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
  • increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.4%. The male unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.1%, and the female unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point but in rounded terms remained at 4.8%.


PARTICIPATION RATE
  • decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 65.1%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
December 2008 15 January 2009
January 2009 12 February 2009
February 2009 12 March 2009
March 2009 9 April 2009
April 2009 7 May 2009
May 2009 11 June 2009



ROUNDING

Estimates of monthly change shown on the front cover have been calculated using unrounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movements obtained from the rounded estimates. The graphs on the front cover also depict unrounded estimates.


SAMPLING ERRORS

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. Because the entire population is not enumerated, the published estimates and the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of this variability and appear on pages 28 and 29.

The 95% confidence intervals below provide another way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates from sample surveys. The interval bounded by the two limits is the 95% confidence interval, which represents a 95% chance that the true value of the estimate lies within that interval.

Movements in seasonally adjusted series between October and November 2008

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
-15 600
-76 000
to
44 800
Total Unemployment
7 900
-22 900
to
38 700
Unemployment rate
0.1 pts
-0.1 pts
to
0.3 pts
Participation rate
-0.2 pts
-0.6 pts
to
0.2 pts



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Rebecca Cash on Canberra (02) 6252 6525.


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