1307.8 - Australian Capital Territory in Focus, 2007  
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LABOUR FORCE

For the purposes of labour force statistics, the Australian Capital Region (ACR) refers to the Australian Capital Territory and the South Eastern Statistical Region of New South Wales.


On an original basis, the unemployment rate for the ACR has declined since the mid-1990s. From 7.2% in 1996-97 and 7.8% in 1997-98, the annual average unemployment rate declined to 5.2% in 2000-01, rose slightly in 2001-02 (5.5%), and has declined in each subsequent year. In 2006-07, the annual average unemployment rate for the ACR was 3.3%.


In comparison, the annual average unemployment rate at the national level decreased from 8.3% in 1996-97 to 6.4% in 2000-01. After increasing to 6.7% in 2001-02, the annual average unemployment rate has declined to 4.5% in 2006-07.

15.7 Unemployment rate, Australian Capital Region(a) and Australia: Original series
Graph: 15.7 Unemployment rate, Australian Capital Region(a) and Australia: Original series



On an original basis, there were an average 293,800 persons in the ACR labour force in 2006-07. Of these, 72% (212,200) were employed full-time, 25% (72,100) were employed part-time and 3% (9,600) were unemployed.


In 2006-07, the annual average labour force participation rate for the ACR was 69.1%. This represented an increase of 1.9 percentage points from 2001-02 (67.2%).

15.8 Labour force status(a), Australian Capital Region(b) - FInancial year averages: Original

Employed full-time
Employed total
Unemployed total
Labour force
Unemployment rate
Participation rate
'000
'000
'000
'000
%
%

2001-02
184.0
256.6
14.8
271.3
5.5
67.2
2002-03
194.4
268.2
12.9
281.1
4.6
68.8
2003-04
195.6
269.6
11.4
281.0
4.1
68.0
2004-05
194.4
269.7
10.9
280.6
3.9
67.4
2005-06
200.4
272.8
10.2
282.9
3.6
67.4
2006-07
212.2
284.3
9.6
293.8
3.3
69.1

(a) Original series.
(b) For the purposes of these data, refers to the Australian Capital Territory and the South Eastern Statistical Region of New South Wales.
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery, Aug 2007 (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001), Data cubes.



Occupation

In August 2007, 24% of all employed persons in the ACR were employed as Professionals, compared with 20% of all employed persons nationally. The ACR also had slightly higher proportions of persons employed as Managers and administrators (12%, compared with 8% nationally) and Associate professionals (16%, compared with 13% nationally). The ACR had proportionately fewer persons employed in all other occupation groups than the national average.

15.9 Employed persons, By occupation(a): Original - August quarter

Australian Capital Region(b)
Australia
2002
2007
2002
2007
Occupation
%
%
%
%

Managers and administrators
8.6
12.2
7.5
8.5
Professionals
22.3
23.9
19.1
19.7
Associate professionals
12.5
16.3
11.6
12.7
Tradespersons and related workers
11.5
10.2
12.5
12.7
Advanced clerical and service workers
3.2
2.5
4.2
3.7
Intermediate clerical, sales and service workers
19.4
15.7
17.0
16.4
Intermediate production and transport workers
6.3
4.9
8.5
8.7
Elementary clerical, sales and service workers
9.5
8.5
10.0
9.2
Labourers and related workers
6.7
5.9
9.6
8.5
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

(a) Classified according to the second edition of the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO).
(b) For the purposes of these data, refers to the Australian Capital Territory and the South Eastern Statistical Region of New South Wales.
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, Aug 2007 (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003), Data cubes.



Industry

The industry with the highest proportion of employed persons in August 2006 within the ACR was Government administration and defence. In August 2007, 22% of employed persons in the ACR were in this industry, compared with 5% of employed persons nationally.

15.10 Employed persons, By industry(a): Original - August quarter

Australian Capital Region(b)
Australia
2002
2007
2002
2007
Industry
%
%
%
%

Agriculture, forestry and fishing
3.7
*1.4
4.3
3.5
Mining
* -
*0.1
0.9
1.3
Manufacturing
3.9
4.0
12.1
10.3
Electricity, gas and water supply
*0.9
*0.8
0.7
0.8
Construction
5.6
8.5
7.4
8.8
Wholesale trade
2.8
2.0
4.7
4.3
Retail trade
16.1
12.7
15.1
14.8
Accommodation, cafes and restaurants
5.5
5.9
4.7
5.0
Transport and storage
2.4
2.2
4.3
4.7
Communication services
*1.6
*1.2
1.8
1.8
Finance and insurance
2.0
*1.6
3.7
3.8
Property and business services
11.8
11.4
11.8
12.3
Government administration and defence
18.0
22.2
4.4
4.6
Education
8.4
6.7
7.4
7.2
Health and community services
9.8
10.3
10.2
10.4
Cultural and recreational services
3.5
3.4
2.7
2.8
Personal and other services
4.0
5.7
4.0
3.8
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

* estimate is subject to sampling variability too high for most practical purposes
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Classified according to the 1993 version of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).
(b) For the purposes of these data, refers to the Australian Capital Territory and the South Eastern Statistical Region of New South Wales.
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, Aug 2007 (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003), Data cubes.


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