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THE LABOUR FORCE
The trend estimate of the number of unemployed persons in Tasmania for October 2003 was 15,000 compared to 18,600 in October 2002. The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for October 2003 was 6.7%, a decrease from the October 2002 figure of 8.5%. The Australian trend estimate of the unemployment rate was 5.7% in October 2003 compared to 6.1% in October 2002 - see Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).
In trend terms, the number of housing finance commitments in Tasmania for September 2003 was 1,403, an increase of 2.9% from the previous month. In the same period, the trend estimate for Australia increased by 2.0%.
The Tasmanian trend estimate increased by 27.0% between September 2002 and September 2003, while the national trend estimate increased by 18.4%. The changes in the number of housing finance commitments over the same period for the other states and territories were New South Wales (15.2%), Victoria (10.4%), Queensland (31.7%), South Australia (16.6%), Western Australia (22.2%), Northern Territory (43.0%) and Australian Capital Territory (5.7%) - see Housing Finance for Owner Occupation, Australia (cat. no. 5609.0).
HOUSING FINANCE, Tasmania, Number of dwellings
HOUSING FINANCE, Australia, Number of dwellings
There were 234 dwelling units approved in Tasmania during September 2003, including 221 new houses. This compares to 247 dwelling units approved during August 2003, including 231 new houses. The number of dwelling units approved in September 2003 increased by 31.5% from the 178 approvals recorded in September 2002.
At current prices, the value of total building approved in Tasmania was $45.0m in September 2003, which was 15.0% below the August 2003 figure of $52.9m and 32.1% above the September 2002 figure of $34.1m. Residential building contributed $38.6m and non-residential building $6.5m in September 2003 - see Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0).
SALES OF NEW MOTOR VEHICLES
In trend terms, there were 1,783 new motor vehicles sold in Tasmania in October 2003, compared to 1,698 sold in September 2003. The number of new motor vehicles sold in October 2003 increased by 44.1% from the October 2002 figure of 1,237. Passenger vehicles represented 64.0% of all new vehicles sold in Tasmania in October 2003. Nationally, the trend estimate of new motor vehicles sold in October 2003 was 79,774, an increase of 14.9% from the October 2002 figure of 69,428 - see Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia (Electronic Publication) (cat. no. 9314.0).
In trend terms, the estimate of retail turnover in Australia for September 2003 was $15,348.2m, a 6.8% increase from the September 2002 estimate of $14,373.9m. In trend terms, the estimate of retail turnover in Tasmania for September 2003 was $328.8m, a 11.8% increase from the September 2002 estimate of $294.2m - see Retail Trade, Australia (cat. no. 8501.0).
In September 2003, the trend estimate for the number of cattle and calves slaughtered increased by 2.7% from August 2003. Over the same period the trend estimate for the number of sheep and lambs slaughtered remained steady, while the trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered increased by 0.7%.
The trend estimate for the number of cattle and calves slaughtered in September 2003 was 21,500, up by 15.1% on the estimate for September 2002 and up by 22.2% on the estimate for September 2001.
The trend estimate for the number of sheep and lambs slaughtered in September 2003 was 71,000, up by 17.9% on the estimate for September 2002 and up by 5.9% on the estimate for September 2001.
The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered in September 2003 was 3,900, down by 6.4% on the estimate for September 2002 and down by 20.7% on the estimate for September 2001.
The value of Tasmania's exports for the month of September 2003 was $168m, a decrease of 35.2% on the month of August 2003. Australia's exports for September 2003 totalled $9,106m.
Tasmania's major export destinations for the month of September 2003 were Japan ($38.9m), Hong Kong ($21.9m) and Korea ($15.9m). Major commodity groups exported for the month were non-ferrous metals ($49.1m), fish, crustaceans and molluscs ($16.9m) and metallic ores and metal scrap ($8.7m).
CONSUMER PRICE INDEX
The Consumer Price Index (All groups) for Hobart increased by 0.2% in the September quarter of 2003. Brisbane recorded the largest increase (1.1%) while Darwin recorded a decrease (-0.1%). The weighted average of the eight capital cities increased by 0.6%.
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