6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Dec 2019 Quality Declaration 
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES


Nov 19
Dec 19
Nov 19 to Dec 19
Dec 18 to Dec 19

Trend
Employed people ('000)
12,958.7
12,976.3
17.5
2.1%
Unemployed people ('000)
707.9
703.6
-4.4
4.7%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.2
5.1
0.0 pts
0.1 pts
Underemployment rate (%)
8.3
8.3
0.0 pts
0.0 pts
Participation rate (%)
66.0
66.0
0.0 pts
0.4 pts
Monthly hours worked in all jobs ('000 000)
1,785.4
1,788.2
2.9
1.7%

Seasonally Adjusted
Employed people ('000)
12,952.8
12,981.6
28.9
2.1%
Unemployed people ('000)
706.0
693.1
-12.9
3.2%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.2
5.1
-0.1 pts
0.1 pts
Underemployment rate (%)
8.3
8.3
0.0 pts
0.0 pts
Participation rate (%)
66.0
66.0
0.0 pts
0.3 pts
Monthly hours worked in all jobs ('000 000)
1,782.9
1,791.1
8.2
2.3%


EMPLOYED PEOPLE
Graph shows, in both trend and seasonally adjusted terms, the monthly uptick in the Employed People increasing steadily from approximately 11,600,000 people in December 2014 to approximately 13,000,000 people in December 2019.


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
Graph shows, in both trend and seasonally adjusted terms, the general downturn in the Unemployment Rate from 6.3 per cent in December 2014 to as low as 5.0 per cent in December 2018. In December 2019 the unemployment rate is at 5.1 per cent.


DECEMBER KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES
  • Employment increased by 17,500 to 12,976,300 people. Full-time employment increased by 8,900 to 8,851,000 people and part-time employment increased by 8,600 to 4,125,300 people.
  • Unemployment decreased by 4,400 to 703,600 people.
  • Unemployment rate decreased by less than 0.1 pts to 5.1%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 66.0%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased by 2.9 million hours to 1,788.2 million hours.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • Employment increased by 28,900 to 12,981,600 people. Full-time employment decreased by 300 to 8,834,700 people and part-time employment increased by 29,200 to 4,146,900 people.
  • Unemployment decreased by 12,900 to 693,100 people.
  • Unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 pts to 5.1%.
  • Participation rate remained steady at 66.0%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased by 8.2 million hours to 1,791.1 million hours.

LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION
  • The monthly trend underemployment rate remained steady at 8.3%. The monthly underutilisation rate remained steady at 13.5%.
  • The monthly seasonally adjusted underemployment rate remained steady at 8.3%. The monthly underutilisation rate decreased by 0.1 pts to 13.4%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

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April 202014 May 2020
May 202018 June 2020
June 202016 July 2020


BUSHFIRES IN DECEMBER
Bushfires resulted in disruption to data collection activities during December 2019 in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. In most cases data for December could still be collected during the latter stages of the enumeration period, which was completed before the Christmas period. Quality assurance undertaken by the ABS confirmed that these disruptions did not result in any impacts to Labour Force statistics. Other bushfires around the country had no impact on enumeration activities this month.

Looking ahead to January, the disruption to enumeration activities has increased with the increasing severity of bushfires and their major impact on the affected communities, particularly in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. The ABS anticipates some localised impacts to the sample in particular regional areas and will undertake additional quality assurance to ensure that any impact on state and national estimates is minimised. For a recent example of where the ABS has undertaken quality assurance around a major disaster, please refer to ‘Impact of Townsville Floods in February 2019’.

LABOUR MARKET INDICATORS NOTE
As part of the move to a new website, the ABS has been exploring new ways to deliver labour statistics. The ABS has developed a prototype ‘Key labour market indicators’ page, which aims to draw together data from the range of ABS labour market data sources to provide an overall picture of the labour market.

This indicator page can be found on the ABS Beta website, at https://concepts.abs.gov.au/Key-labour-market-indicators.html. The ABS Beta website is also accessible via the ABS website home page.

We would like to invite feedback on this page, including the usability and usefulness of the page, the indicators included (or not included), and whether there is any other contextual information that would be useful to accompany the indicators. Feedback can be provided via the feedback button at the end of the page, or by emailing us directly at labour.statistics@abs.gov.au.

ROUNDING
Estimates of changes in the commentary have been calculated using un-rounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movement obtained from the rounded estimates. Graphs also depict un-rounded 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 NOVEMBER 2019 AND DECEMBER 2019

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
28 900
-32 700
to
90 500
Total Unemployment
-12 900
-48 700
to
22 900
Unemployment rate
-0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.1 pts
Participation rate
0.0 pts
-0.4 pts
to
0.4 pts



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, email client.services@abs.gov.au or contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.