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MAY 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 generally rose from May 1995 to 771,800 in February 1997. The trend then fell to 583,300 in September 2000 before rising to 685,100 in October 2001. The trend then generally fell to January 2005, and has since increased slightly to stand at 541,000 in May 2005.
The trend unemployment rate was relatively steady from May 1995 to February 1997. After falling to 6.1% in September 2000, the trend rose to 7.0% in October 2001. The trend has since generally fallen to stand at 5.1% in May 2005.
EMPLOYED PERSONS TREND ESTIMATES
The trend estimate of employed males rose from 4,691,700 in May 1995 to 5,054,400 in September 2000. The trend then fell to 5,031,700 in March 2001, before rising to stand at 5,513,800 in May 2005.
MALES EMPLOYED FULL TIME
The trend estimate for males employed full time rose from 4,178,200 in May 1995 to 4,216,100 in April 1996. After remaining stable for a year, the trend then rose to 4,400,200 in August 2000. The trend then fell to 4,335,100 in June 2001, before generally rising to stand at 4,699,800 in May 2005.
MALES EMPLOYED PART TIME
The trend estimate of males employed part time has risen 58% over the last 10 years, rising from 513,600 in May 1995 to 814,000 in May 2005.
The trend estimate of employed females rose from 3,559,800 in May 1995 to 4,243,800 in March 2003, with strong growth in late 2002. The trend estimate then fell to 4,225,100 in July 2003, before rising to stand at 4,469,600 in May 2005.
FEMALES EMPLOYED FULL TIME
The trend estimate of females employed full time generally rose from 2,039,500 in May 1995 to 2,267,000 in March 2001. The trend then decreased to 2,215,700 in January 2002, before generally rising to stand at 2,430,400 in May 2005.
FEMALES EMPLOYED PART TIME
The trend estimate of females employed part time has risen steadily over the last 10 years, except for a slight downturn between March 2003 and December 2003. The May 2005 trend estimate of 2,039,100 is 34% higher than the May 1995 estimate of 1,520,300.
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