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OCTOBER KEY FIGURES
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
FEDERAL AND ACT ELECTIONS
October 2004 employment data may have been affected by the recruitment of temporary workers by the Australian Electoral Commission to conduct the Federal election held on 9 October 2004. An election was also held in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on 16 October 2004 which may have had a similar effect on ACT employment. The reference period for the October 2004 Labour Force Survey was from 4 to 17 October.
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The trend estimate of unemployed persons fell rapidly from 920,700 in September 1993 to 728,100 in July 1995. The trend estimate then rose to 771,700 in February 1997, before falling to 583,600 in September 2000. After rising to 685,300 in October 2001, the trend estimate has generally fallen to stand at 562,600 in October 2004.
The trend unemployment rate fell rapidly from 10.7% in August 1993 to 8.1% in July 1995. The trend estimate then rose slowly, reaching 8.4% in February 1997, before falling to 6.1% in September 2000. After rising to 7.0% in October 2001, the trend estimate has since fallen to stand at 5.5% in October 2004.
STATES TREND ESTIMATES
NEW SOUTH WALES
From 2,545,100 in February 1993, the trend estimate of employment in New South Wales rose to 2,811,200 in January 1996 before falling to 2,801,200 in July 1997. The trend then generally rose to 3,192,400 in April 2004, before falling to 3,175,900 in October 2004.
The trend estimate of employment in Victoria rose from 1,930,100 in May 1993, to 2,069,200 in June 1995. Growth then slowed until mid 1997. Since then the trend has generally risen to stand at 2,421,900 in October 2004.
The trend estimate of employment in Queensland has generally been rising since October 1994, when it stood at 1,461,900. Apart from a small decrease in late 2000, the trend has been steadily increasing and stands at 1,926,300 in October 2004.
The trend estimate of employment in South Australia, although fluctuating, generally rose from 645,500 in January 1995 to 683,000 in September 2000. After a small decrease in late 2000, the trend estimate has generally risen to stand at 723,300 in October 2004.
The trend estimate of employment in Western Australia has generally been rising since October 1992, when it stood at 738,800. The strongest period of growth occurred prior to mid 1995. Since then the trend estimate has increased at a slower rate, and stands at 990,200 in October 2004.
From a high of 202,300 in January 1996, the trend estimate of employment in Tasmania fell sharply to 192,300 in August 1997. The trend then generally rose to 201,600 in December 2000, before falling to 197,900 in March 2002. Since then the trend has risen to stand at 214,900 in October 2004.
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