6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jul 2019 Quality Declaration 
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JULY KEY FIGURES


Jun 19
Jul 19
Jun 19 to Jul 19
Jul 18 to Jul 19

Trend
Employed persons ('000)
12,890.6
12,915.2
24.6
2.7%
Unemployed persons ('000)
709.0
715.6
6.6
1.6%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.2
5.3
0.0 pts
0.0 pts
Underemployment rate (%)
8.4
8.4
0.0 pts
0.0 pts
Participation rate (%)
66.0
66.1
0.1 pts
0.6 pts
Monthly hours worked in all jobs ('000 000)
1,776.0
1,776.6
0.5
1.8%

Seasonally Adjusted
Employed persons ('000)
12,867.0
12,908.2
41.1
2.6%
Unemployed persons ('000)
712.1
712.9
0.8
2.0%
Unemployment rate (%)
5.2
5.2
0.0 pts
0.0 pts
Underemployment rate (%)
8.2
8.4
0.2 pts
0.0 pts
Participation rate (%)
66.0
66.1
0.1 pts
0.5 pts
Monthly hours worked in all jobs ('000 000)
1,771.3
1,780.1
8.8
2.0%


EMPLOYED PERSONS
Graph shows, in both trend and seasonally adjusted terms, the monthly uptick in the Employed Persons increasing steadily from approximately 11,500,000 persons in July 2014 to approximately 12,900,000 persons in July 2019.


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
Graph shows, in both trend and seasonally adjusted terms, the monthly downturn in the Unemployment Rate steadily declining from 6.3 per cent in December 2014 to as low as 5.0 per cent in December 2019, before rising to 5.3 per cent in July 2019.





JULY KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES
  • Employment increased 24,600 to 12,915,200 persons. Full-time employment increased 15,100 to 8,849,500 persons and part-time employment increased 9,600 to 4,065,700 persons.
  • Unemployment increased 6,600 to 715,600 persons.
  • Unemployment rate increased by less than 0.1 pts to 5.3%.
  • Participation rate increased 0.1 pts to 66.1%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 0.5 million hours to 1,776.6 million hours.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • Employment increased 41,100 to 12,908,200 persons. Full-time employment increased 34,500 to 8,847,100 persons and part-time employment increased 6,700 to 4,061,100 persons.
  • Unemployment increased 800 to 712,900 persons.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.2%.
  • Participation rate increased by 0.1 pts to 66.1%.
  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased 8.8 million hours to 1,780.1 million hours.


LABOUR UNDERUTILISATION
  • The monthly trend underemployment rate remained steady at 8.4%. The monthly underutilisation rate remained steady at 13.6%.
  • The monthly seasonally adjusted underemployment rate increased 0.2 pts to 8.4%. The monthly underutilisation rate increased 0.2 pts to 13.6%.



NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

IssueRelease Date
August 201919 September 2019
September 201917 October 2019
October 201914 November 2019
November 201919 December 2019
December 201923 January 2020
January 201920 February 2020



MONTHLY HOURS WORKED IN ALL JOBS

Each year, the monthly hours worked in all jobs series are benchmarked to an annual hours worked estimate. This annual process was conducted in July 2019 and resulted in minor revisions to all monthly hours worked in all jobs series. For more information regarding labour force rebenchmarking, please refer to the Feb 2015 article Labour Force, Australia - Rebenchmarking Labour Force Estimates (cat. no. 6202.0) which is published on the ABS website.

ASSESSING VOLATILITY IN THE LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS

This issue includes the latest periodic summary of the ABS' assessment of volatility in Labour Force statistics, which was last published in the June 2015 release of Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001).

REVIEW OF SOME INCENTIVES FOR LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION AND 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 incentives component within Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation (cat. no. 6239.0), or 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 JUNE 2019 AND JULY 2019

Monthly change
95% Confidence interval

Total Employment
41 100
-20 100
to
102 300
Total Unemployment
800
-36 000
to
37 600
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.