Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate this page
ABS Home > Statistics > By Catalogue Number
ABS @ Facebook ABS @ Twitter ABS RSS ABS Email notification service
6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Apr 2015 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/05/2015   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product

APRIL KEY FIGURES

Mar 2015
Apr 2015
Mar 15 to Apr 15
Apr 14 to Apr 15

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 705.9
11 725.0
19.1
1.6
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
768.0
767.5
-0.6
5.7
%
Unemployment rate (%)
6.2
6.1
0.0
pts
0.2
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.8
64.8
0.0
pts
0.1
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 727.5
11 724.6
-2.9
1.5
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
762.5
769.5
7.0
7.4
%
Unemployment rate (%)
6.1
6.2
0.1
pts
0.3
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.8
64.8
-0.1
pts
0.1
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




APRIL KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,725,000.
  • Unemployment decreased to 767,500.
  • Unemployment rate decreased less than 0.1 pts to 6.1%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 64.8%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 6.9 million hours to 1,643.7 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment decreased 2,900 to 11,724,600. Full-time employment decreased 21,900 to 8,115,900 and part-time employment increased 19,000 to 3,608,600.
  • Unemployment increased 7,000 to 769,500. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work decreased 2,700 to 541,500 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work increased 9,800 to 228,000.
  • Unemployment rate increased 0.1 pts to 6.2%.
  • Participation rate decreased 0.1 pts but remained at 64.8%, based on unrounded estimates.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 17.8 million hours (1.1%) to 1,651.9 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2015 11 June 2015
June 2015 9 July 2015
July 2015 6 August 2015
August 2015 10 September 2015
September 2015 8 October 2015
October 2015 12 November 2015



WHAT'S NEW IN THE LABOUR FORCE

What's new in the Labour Force on page 6 includes important information about new Labour Force outputs to be introduced with the next issue of this publication.

The quarterly rebenchmarking scheduled for the May 2015 issues will not be undertaken to minimise data changes as the new format outputs are introduced. Quarterly rebenchmarking will recommence with the August issues.

An update on one recommendation from the independent technical review into the Labour Force Survey will be provided with the April 2015 issue of Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001) to be released on Thursday May 14.


ROUNDING

Estimates of change 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, movements 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 the movements derived from them are subject to sampling variability. Standard errors give a measure of sampling variability (see Standard Errors section). 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 MARCH 2015 AND APRIL 2015

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
-2 900
-60 900
to
55 100
Total Unemployment
7 000
-32 600
to
46 600
Unemployment rate
0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.5 pts
Participation rate
-0.1 pts
-0.5 pts
to
0.3 pts




INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email client.services@abs.gov.au or Labour Force on Canberra (02) 6252 6525, email labourforce@abs.gov.au\>. The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS will handle any personal information that you provide to us.


Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window

Commonwealth of Australia 2015

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.