4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Jul 2006  
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The following tables are derived from a feature article on Labour force transitions and show the changes that occurred in labour force status of those in full-time employment, part-time employment and those not in the labour force for selected age groups in 2005.

TABLE 1 - TRANSITION FROM FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT, 2005

Males

Females

45-64 years
15-64 years
45-64 years
15-64 years

Entered(a)
Part-time employment
%
2.5
2.6
8.8
7.9
Unemployment
%
0.4
0.7
0.3
0.5
Not in the labour force
%
0.9
0.9
1.2
1.4
Stayed in full-time employment(a)
%
96.2
95.8
89.7
90.2
Total
%
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Total annual average employed full-time
'000
1,678.5
4,620.8
822.7
2,412.8

(a) Proportion of people who were in full-time employment in month 1 and had the specified labour force status in month 2, averaged across the year.
Source: Labour Force, Australia, Detailed Electronic Delivery, GM1 (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001)

TABLE 2 - TRANSITION FROM PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT, 2005

Males

Females

45-64 years
15-64 years
45-64 years
15-64 years

Entered(a)
Full-time employment
%
21.0
17.2
10.5
9.8
Unemployment
%
1.7
2.9
0.8
1.3
Not in the labour force
%
6.3
6.9
4.9
5.4
Stayed in part-time employment(a)
%
71.0
73.0
83.9
83.6
Total
%
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Total annual average employed part-time
'000
206.2
748.6
677.9
2,005.7

(a) Proportion of people who were in part-time employment in month 1 and had the specified labour force status in month 2, averaged across the year.
Source: Labour Force, Australia, Detailed Electronic Delivery, GM1 (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001)

TABLE 3 -TRANSITION FROM NOT IN THE LABOUR FORCE, 2005

Males
Females


45-64 years
15-64 years
45-64 years
15-64 years

Entered(a)
Full-time employment
%
2.5
3.4
0.8
1.3
Part-time employment
%
2.5
4.5
3.4
5.0
Unemployment
%
2.7
5.8
1.7
3.7
Stayed not in the labour force(a)
%
92.2
86.3
94.0
90.0
Total
%
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Total annual average not in the labour force
'000
536.5
1,185.5
945.1
2,159.9

(a) Proportion of people who were not in the labour force in month 1 and had the specified labour force status in month 2, averaged across the year.
Source: Labour Force, Australia, Detailed Electronic Delivery, GM1 (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001)


The median age of males not in the labour force in May 2006 was 63 years and for males in the labour force it was 39 years.

In May 2006, the labour force participation rate for males was 27% for those aged 65-69 years and 6% for those aged 70 years and over, representing 106,000 and 48,000 males, respectively. Of the males in the labour force aged 65-79 years, 84% (89,000) were married compared with 75% (36,000) of those aged 70 years and over.

The median age of females not in the labour force in May 2006 was 59 years and for females in the labour force it was 38 years.

In May 2006, the labour force participation rate for females aged 65-69 years was 11% and for females aged 70 years and over it was 1.5%, representing 43,000 and 16,000 females, respectively. Married females constituted 64% (28,000) of the female labour force aged 65-69 years and 54% (9,000) of the female labour force aged 70 years and over.

The 2.5 million persons aged 65 years and over who were not in the labour force in May 2006, comprised 43% males (1,077,000) and 57% females (1,438,000).

From Australian Labour Market Statistics July 2006 (cat.no. 6105.0)