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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
Estimates of monthly change shown on the front cover have been calculated using unrounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movements obtained from the rounded estimates. The graphs on the front cover also depict unrounded estimates.
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The trend estimate of unemployed persons rose from 728,100 in July 1995 to 771,800 in February 1997. The trend then fell to 583,400 in September 2000, before rising to 685,000 in October 2001. The trend has since generally fallen to stand at 531,800 in December 2004.
The trend unemployment rate rose slowly from 8.1% in July 1995 to 8.4% in February 1997. After falling to 6.1% in September 2000, the trend then rose to 7.0% in October 2001. The trend has since generally fallen to stand at 5.1% in December 2004.
UNEMPLOYED PERSONS TREND ESTIMATES
The trend estimate of unemployed males remained relatively flat for the two years up to March 1997, before generally falling to 341,900 in August 2000. The trend then rose to 394,200 in October 2001, before generally falling to stand at 291,700 in December 2004.
MALES LOOKING FOR FULL-TIME WORK
The trend estimate of unemployed males looking for full-time work remained relatively flat from mid 1995 to mid 1997, before falling to 288,000 in June 2000. The trend estimate then rose to 330,000 in October 2001, before generally falling to stand at 230,100 in December 2004.
MALES LOOKING FOR PART-TIME WORK
Although fluctuating, the trend estimate of unemployed males looking for part-time work has increased strongly during the past decade. From a low of 45,400 in January 1996, the trend rose to 66,200 in November 2002. The trend estimate then declined to 55,700 in October 2003, before rising to stand at 61,600 in December 2004.
From a high of 321,400 in January 1997, the trend estimate of unemployed females fell steadily to 240,000 in September 2000. The trend then rose to 291,100 in November 2001, before generally decreasing to stand at 240,100 in December 2004.
FEMALES LOOKING FOR FULL-TIME WORK
The trend estimate of unemployed females looking for full-time work fell from a peak of 223,700 in February 1997 to 152,500 in September 2000. The trend estimate then rose to 188,000 in October 2001, before falling to 171,300 in October 2002. After rising for the next 6 months, the trend has since fallen to stand at 145,600 in December 2004.
FEMALES LOOKING FOR PART-TIME WORK
The trend estimate of unemployed females looking for part-time work has fluctuated over the last 10 years, rising from a low of 82,300 in July 1995 to a high of 109,800 in April 2001. The trend estimate currently stands at 94,500 in December 2004.
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