1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/05/2012
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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.
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Labour force participation data presented for international comparisons are from the International Labour Organization (ILO) labour force statistics database. Some of the differences observed between participation rates for Australia and other countries reflect differences in statistical treatment between countries, rather than actual differences in workforce participation. Hong Kong (SAR of China) and Singapore do not have participation rates available from the ILO.
In 2010, Australia's labour force participation rate for those aged 15–64 years was 66% – above that of most of the selected countries shown in Table 8.60, but below some countries, including Sweden (71%), New Zealand and Indonesia (both 68%) and Canada (67%). The lowest participation rates observed were in Italy (48%), Greece (54%) and France (57%).
Table 8.60 shows that Australia's unemployment rate in 2010 was 5.2%, much lower than Greece (12.5%), France (9.8%) and the United States of America (9.6%). Singapore (2.1%), Malaysia (3.3%) and Korea, Republic of (South) (3.7%) had the lowest unemployment rates of the selected countries, with Hong Kong (SAR of China) and Japan also having lower unemployment rates than Australia (4.3% and 5.1% respectively).