6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Aug 2019 Quality Declaration 
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES


Jul 19
Aug 19
Jul 19 to Aug 19
Aug 18 to Aug 19

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
12,899.1
12,921.1
22.0
2.5%
Unemployed persons ('000)
713.0
715.7
2.7
3.2%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.2
5.3
0.0 pts
0.0 pts
Underemployment rate (%)
8.5
8.5
0.0 pts
0.1 pts
Participation rate (%)
66.1
66.2
0.1 pts
0.6 pts
Monthly hours worked in all jobs ('000 000)
1,776.9
1,778.5
1.6
1.7%

Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
12,892.2
12,926.9
34.7
2.5%
Unemployed persons ('000)
712.7
716.8
4.1
2.2%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.2
5.3
0.0 pts
0.0 pts
Underemployment rate (%)
8.4
8.6
0.1 pts
0.4 pts
Participation rate (%)
66.1
66.2
0.1 pts
0.5 pts
Monthly hours worked in all jobs ('000 000)
1,778.6
1,782.6
3.9
2.0%


EMPLOYED PERSONS
Graph: Employred Persons


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
Graph: Unenployment Rate





AUGUST KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES
  • Employment increased by 22,000 to 12,921,100 persons. Full-time employment increased by 7,200 to 8,828,400 persons and part-time employment increased by 14,700 to 4,092,700 persons.
  • Unemployment increased by 2,700 to 715,700 persons.
  • Unemployment rate increased by less than 0.1 pts to 5.3%.
  • Participation rate increased by 0.1 pts to 66.2%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased by 1.6 million hours to 1,778.5 million hours.
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • Employment increased by 34,700 to 12,926,900 persons. Full-time employment decreased by 15,500 to 8,818,000 persons and part-time employment increased by 50,200 to 4,108,900 persons.
  • Unemployment increased by 4,100 to 716,800 persons.
  • Unemployment rate increased by less than 0.1 pts to 5.3%.
  • Participation rate increased by 0.1 pts to 66.2%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased by 3.9 million hours to 1,782.6 million hours.
LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION
  • The monthly trend underemployment rate remained steady at 8.5%. The monthly underutilisation rate increased by less than 0.1 pts to 13.8%.
  • The monthly seasonally adjusted underemployment rate increased by 0.1 pts to 8.6%. The monthly underutilisation rate increased by 0.1 pts to 13.8%.

NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

IssueRelease Date
September 201917 October 2019
October 201914 November 2019
November 201919 December 2019
December 201923 January 2020
January 202020 February 2020
February 202019 March 2020


UPDATE ON QUARTERLY REBENCHMARKING

The ABS has revised the original Labour Force series for the previous 19 months to reflect the latest available preliminary and final estimates of Estimated Resident Population. This process ensures that the Labour Force series promptly reflects any change in population trends and minimises the size of revisions that can occur when the series are rebenchmarked following each Census of Population and Housing. It is expected that, on most occasions, the quarterly revisions will not be significant.

For further information about rebenchmarking, refer to the Rebenchmarking Labour Force Estimates article published in the February 2015 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).

REVIEW OF SOME RETIREMENT AND RETIREMENT INTENTIONS CONTENT

The ABS is currently undertaking a review of some of the survey content collected as part of the Multi-Purpose Household Survey. If you are currently using the current income component within Retirement and Retirement Intentions (cat. no. 6238.0), please contact us 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 JULY 2019 AND AUGUST 2019

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
34 700
-26 300
to
95 700
Total Unemployment
4 100
-32 900
to
41 100
Unemployment rate
0.0 pts
-0.2 pts
to
0.2 pts
Participation rate
0.1 pts
-0.3 pts
to
0.5 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.