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SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
In the aftermath of Cyclone Larry, operational difficulties continue to be experienced in conducting the monthly Labour Force Survey in parts of Queensland. Investigations were conducted to identify possible impacts on Labour Force estimates for May 2006. These investigations did not identify any material effects on the aggregate estimates for this month.
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The trend estimate of unemployed persons rose from 742,600 in May 1996 to 771,700 in February 1997. The trend then generally fell to 583,700 in September 2000, before rising to 685,800 in October 2001. The trend fell to 532,900 in January 2005, before rising to 548,800 in December 2005. Since then, the trend has fallen to stand at 532,600 in May 2006.
The trend unemployment rate rose from 8.2% in May 1996 to 8.4% in February 1997, before falling to 6.1% in September 2000. After rising to 7.0% in October 2001, the trend fell to 5.1% in July 2005. The trend rose slightly to 5.2% in December 2005, before falling to stand at 5.0% in May 2006.
EMPLOYED PERSONS TREND ESTIMATES
The trend estimate of employed males rose from 4,753,900 in May 1996 to 5,054,900 in September 2000, before falling to stand at 5,031,100 in March 2001. The trend has since generally risen to stand at 5,570,400 in May 2006.
MALES EMPLOYED FULL TIME
The trend estimate for males employed full time generally rose from 4,215,200 in May 1996 to 4,400,200 in August 2000, before falling to 4,334,300 in June 2001. The trend has since generally risen to stand at 4,736,000 in May 2006.
MALES EMPLOYED PART TIME
The trend estimate of males employed part time rose from 538,700 in May 1996 to 631,100 in March 1999, before falling to 613,200 in September 1999. The trend has since generally risen to stand at 834,400 in May 2006.
The trend estimate of employed females rose from 3,603,200 in May 1996 to 4,240,700 in March 2003, with strong growth in late 2002. The trend estimate then fell to 4,227,800 in July 2003, before rising to stand at 4,543,800 in May 2006.
FEMALES EMPLOYED FULL TIME
The trend estimate of females employed full time generally rose from 2,067,000 in May 1996 to 2,266,600 in March 2001. The trend then fell to 2,215,500 in January 2002, before generally rising to stand at 2,485,200 in May 2006.
FEMALES EMPLOYED PART TIME
The trend estimate of females employed part time rose steadily from 1,536,200 in May 1996 to 1,952,400 in April 2003. The trend then decreased to 1,927,200 in December 2003, before rising to 2,075,600 in October 2005. Since then, the trend estimate has generally fallen to stand at 2,058,500 in May 2006.
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