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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jul 2015 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/08/2015   
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JULY KEY FIGURES

Jun 2015
Jul 2015
Jun 15 to Jul 15
Jul 14 to Jul 15

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 779.5
11 797.3
17.8
2.1
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
769.3
772.3
3.0
2.5
%
Unemployment rate (%)
6.1
6.1
0.0
pts
0.0
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.9
64.9
0.0
pts
0.3
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 772.2
11 810.7
38.5
2.1
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
760.6
800.7
40.1
4.1
%
Unemployment rate (%)
6.1
6.3
0.3
pts
0.1
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.8
65.1
0.3
pts
0.3
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




JULY KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,797,300.
  • Unemployment increased to 772,300.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 6.1%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 64.9%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs decreased 0.4 million hours to 1,634.0 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased 38,500 to 11,810,700. Full-time employment increased 12,400 to 8,170,400 and part-time employment increased 26,100 to 3,640,300.
  • Unemployment increased 40,100 to 800,700. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 23,600 to 568,100 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work increased 16,500 to 232,600.
  • Unemployment rate increased 0.3 pts to 6.3% from a revised June 2015 estimate.
  • Participation rate increased 0.3 pts to 65.1%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs decreased 3.4 million hours (0.2%) to 1,633.2 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
August 2015 10 September 2015
September 2015 15 October 2015
October 2015 12 November 2015
November 2015 10 December 2015
December 2015 14 January 2016
January 2016 11 February 2016



WHAT'S NEW IN THE LABOUR FORCE

Commencing with this publication, the July 2015 issue of the detailed monthly publication (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001), and the August 2015 issue of the detailed quarterly publication (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003), the ABS plans to publish Labour Force spreadsheets and data cubes in new formats. Details of the new format outputs are on page 6.

Annual benchmarking of monthly hours worked in all jobs has occurred with this issue. For details see page 7.

An update on progress with recommendations from the independent technical review into the Labour Force Survey is available on page 8. A brief article describing changes to the Status in Employment classification is also available on page 13.


ROUNDING

Estimates of changes shown on the front cover and used in the commentary have been calculated using unrounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movement obtained from the rounded estimates. The graphs on the front cover also depict unrounded estimates.


SAMPLING ERROR

The estimates in this publication are based on a sample survey. Published estimates and movements are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of sampling variability. The interval bounded by two standard errors is the 95% confidence interval, which provides a way of looking at the variability inherent in estimates. There is a 95% chance that the true value of the estimate lies within that interval.

MOVEMENTS IN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED SERIES BETWEEN JUNE 2015 AND JULY 2015

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
38 500
-19 500
to
96 500
Total Unemployment
40 100
1 500
to
78 700
Unemployment rate
0.3 pts
-0.1 pts
to
0.7 pts
Participation rate
0.3 pts
-0.1 pts
to
0.7 pts




INQUIRIES

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