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Employed Persons by Industry
In original terms, Queensland's total number of job vacancies decreased to 38,700 in February 2007 from 38,800 in November 2006. The February 2007 vacancies were 20% higher than in February 2006. Public sector vacancies accounted for less than one in ten (9.9%) of total job vacancies in February 2007.
Further information on this topic can be accessed at Job Vacancies, Australia (cat. no. 6354.0). This publication is released quarterly.EMPLOYED PERSONS
In May 2007, total employment in Queensland in trend terms rose to 2,134,100 persons. Full-time employed persons (1,565,900) accounted for 73% of total employed persons. Males accounted for 65% of full-time employed persons and 55% of total employed persons.
The trend estimate of the number of unemployed persons in Queensland continues to fall and in May 2007 was 78,200 persons. This equates to an unemployment rate of 3.5%. Since July 2004, the Queensland unemployment rate has been equal to or lower than the national unemployment rate.
Females accounted for 51% of the number of unemployed persons in Queensland in May 2007 and had an unemployment rate of 4.0%. The corresponding male unemployment rate was 3.2%. Females have had higher rates of unemployment than their male counterparts since April 2002.
The trend estimate of the participation rate for Queensland in May 2007 was 67.4% and has been steady since January 2007. This rate is 4.7% higher than May 1997 (64.4%) and the highest level recorded for the period May 1997 to May 2007. Queensland has consistently recorded higher participation rates than the national average and this gap has broadened over the last twelve months to 2.4 percentage points in May 2007.
For Queensland, the trend participation rate for females has been 60% or greater for the last eleven months reaching 60.4% in May 2007. This is a 9.6% increase on the female participation rate recorded in May 1997 (55.1%). The male participation rate in May 2007 was 74.4%, an increase of 0.7% on the rate recorded for May 1997 (73.9%).
Further information on these topics can be accessed at Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) and Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets (cat. no. 6202.0.55.001) or ring the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. These publications are released monthly.EMPLOYED PERSONS BY INDUSTRY
There were 2,104,400 employed persons in Queensland in February 2007. The industries with the most number of employed persons were Retail trade (327,300), Property and business services (244,300) and Construction (228,400). Those industries employing the least number of persons included Electricity, gas and water (17,900), Communication services (32,900) and Mining (37,500).
In the year February 2006 to February 2007, the greatest increase of employed persons occurred in Communication services (34%) and Agriculture, forestry and fishing (22%). In the same period, Personal and other services and Electricity, gas and water supply had the greatest decrease in employed persons with reductions of -12% and -9.6%, respectively.
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