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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 738,000 in December 1995 to 771,700 in February 1997. The trend then generally fell to 583,400 in September 2000, before rising to 685,300 in October 2001. The trend then fell to 533,000 in July 2005, before rising to stand at 543,700 in December 2005.
The trend unemployment rate rose from 8.1% in December 1995 to 8.4% in February 1997, before falling to 6.1% in September 2000. After rising to 7.0% in October 2001, the trend has since generally fallen to stand at 5.1% in December 2005.
UNEMPLOYED PERSONS TREND ESTIMATES
The trend estimate of unemployed males rose from 442,000 in December 1995 to 451,000 in March 1997. The trend then generally fell to 342,100 in August 2000, before rising to 394,000 in October 2001. The trend estimate then fell to 279,700 in May 2005, before rising to stand at 299,600 in December 2005.
MALES LOOKING FOR FULL-TIME WORK
The trend estimate of unemployed males looking for full-time work generally decreased from 396,500 in December 1995 to 287,900 in July 2000. The trend then rose to 329,500 in October 2001, before generally falling to 220,900 in May 2005. The trend has since risen to stand at 236,900 in December 2005.
MALES LOOKING FOR PART-TIME WORK
Although fluctuating, the trend estimate of unemployed males looking for part-time work increased from 45,500 in December 1995 to 66,200 in November 2002. The trend then fell to 56,000 in October 2003, before rising to 64,200 in September 2004. The trend estimate then fell to 58,300 in July 2005, before rising to stand at 62,700 in December 2005.
The trend estimate of unemployed females rose from 296,000 in December 1995 to 321,400 in January 1997. The trend then fell to 240,000 in September 2000, before rising to 291,700 in November 2001. Since then, the trend estimate has generally fallen to stand at 244,100 in December 2005.
FEMALES LOOKING FOR FULL-TIME WORK
The trend estimate of unemployed females looking for full-time work rose from 211,000 in December 1995 to 223,700 in February 1997, before generally falling to 152,700 in September 2000. The trend then rose to 188,700 in October 2001. Since then, although increasing for short periods in early 2003 and early 2005, the trend has generally fallen to stand at 148,300 in December 2005.
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 85,000 in December 1995 to a high of 110,100 in April 2001. The trend estimate currently stands at 95,800 in December 2005.
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