6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jan 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/02/2008   
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PRINCIPAL LABOUR FORCE SERIES TREND ESTIMATES


EMPLOYED PERSONS

The trend estimate of employed persons rose from 8,526,700 in January 1998 to 9,056,500 in September 2000. The trend then fell slightly to 9,037,400 in December 2000, before generally rising to stand at a high of 10,616,800 in January 2008.

Graph: Employed persons



UNEMPLOYED PERSONS

The trend estimate of unemployed persons generally fell from 732,100 in January 1998 to 583,000 in September 2000, before rising to 681,200 in October 2001. The trend then generally fell to 469,500 in July 2007 before fluctuating slightly to stand at 473,800 in January 2008.

Graph: Unemployed persons



UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

The trend unemployment rate generally fell from 7.9% in January 1998 to 6.0% in September 2000. After rising to 7.0% in October 2001, the trend has generally fallen to stand at 4.3% in January 2008.

Graph: Unemployment rate