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SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
CHANGES THIS MONTH
The ABS has introduced two new spreadsheets to the electronic product Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets (cat. no. 6202.0.55.001), which complement the data in this publication. These spreadsheets contain trend, seasonally adjusted and original estimates for persons aged 15 to 24 and 15 to 64 years. These new spreadsheets have been developed in response to increasing client interest in these age groups.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Bjorn Jarvis on Canberra (02) 6252 6525.
The trend estimate of unemployed persons generally fell from 763,300 in October 1996 to 583,800 in September 2000, before rising to 685,900 in October 2001. The trend then fell to 532,500 in January 2005, before rising to 549,100 in December 2005. Since then, the trend has fallen to stand at 505,600 in October 2006.
The trend unemployment rate generally fell from 8.3% in October 1996 to 6.1% in September 2000. After rising to 7.0% in October 2001, the trend fell to 5.1% in July 2005. The trend rose slightly to 5.2% in December 2005, before falling to stand at 4.7% in October 2006.
STATES TREND ESTIMATES
NEW SOUTH WALES
The trend estimate of employed persons in New South Wales rose from 2,810,700 in October 1996 to 2,825,600 in February 1997. After falling to 2,801,700 in July 1997, the trend rose steadily to 3,038,100 in August 2000. Apart from small decreases in late 2000 and early 2003, the trend has since generally risen to stand at 3,301,700 in October 2006.
The trend estimate of employed persons in Victoria generally rose from 2,103,400 in October 1996 to 2,359,300 in February 2003. After falling to 2,346,000 in June 2003, the trend has generally risen to stand at 2,555,600 in October 2006.
The trend estimate of employed persons in Queensland rose steadily from 1,536,300 in October 1996 to 1,802,300 in April 2003. The trend has since risen more quickly to stand at 2,080,400 in October 2006.
The trend estimate of employed persons in South Australia remained relatively steady from 654,400 in October 1996 until July 1997, when it stood at 660,200. The trend estimate then fell to 639,600 in June 1998, before generally rising to stand at 759,900 in October 2006.
The trend estimate of employed persons in Western Australia generally rose from 849,200 in October 1996 to 986,800 in August 2004. The trend then increased rapidly for 13 months before returning to steadier growth. The trend now stands at 1,074,500 in October 2006.
The trend estimate of employed persons in Tasmania, although fluctuating, remained relatively steady from 199,600 in October 1996 until March 2002, when it stood at 197,900. The trend then rose steadily to 224,300 in January 2006, but has flattened since then to stand at 223,000 in October 2006.
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