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6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jan 2015 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/02/2015   
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

Dec 2014
Jan 2015
Dec 14 to Jan 15
Jan 14 to Jan 15

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
11 650.8
11 666.0
15.2
1.4
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
778.7
782.3
3.6
8.8
%
Unemployment rate (%)
6.3
6.3
0.0
pts
0.4
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.7
64.7
0.0
pts
0.1
pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
11 680.9
11 668.7
-12.2
1.6
%
Unemployed persons ('000)
760.7
795.2
34.5
8.8
%
Unemployment rate (%)
6.1
6.4
0.3
pts
0.4
pts
Participation rate (%)
64.8
64.8
0.0
pts
0.2
pts


Employed Persons
Graph: Employed Persons

Unemployment Rate
Graph: Unemployment Rate




JANUARY KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment increased to 11,666,000.
  • Unemployment increased to 782,300.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 6.3% from a revised December 2014 estimate.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 64.7%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 0.7 million hours to 1,604.4 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
  • Employment decreased 12,200 to 11,668,700. Full-time employment decreased 28,100 to 8,078,000 and part-time employment increased 15,900 to 3,590,700.
  • Unemployment increased 34,500 to 795,200. The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 200 to 551,800 and the number of unemployed persons only looking for part-time work increased 34,300 to 243,400.
  • Unemployment rate increased 0.3 pts to 6.4%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 64.8%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 8.2 million hours (0.5%) to 1 ,607.6 million hours.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 2015 12 March 2015
March 2015 9 April 2015
April 2015 7 May 2015
May 2015 11 June 2015
June 2015 9 July 2015
July 2015 6 August 2015



WHAT'S NEW IN THE LABOUR FORCE

For information regarding quarterly rebenchmarking, refer to 'What's new in the Labour Force' on page 6.


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 DECEMBER 2014 AND JANUARY 2015

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
-12 200
-70 200
to
45 800
Total Unemployment
34 500
-5 900
to
74 900
Unemployment rate
0.3 pts
-0.1 pts
to
0.7 pts
Participation rate
0.0 pts
-0.4 pts
to
0.4 pts




INQUIRIES

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