1367.0 - State and Territory Statistical Indicators, 2011  
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LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE


  • In December 2011, the trend labour force participation rate in Tasmania was 60.9%, a slight increase from the previous month, and down from the recent high of 61.7% in June 2010. The national rate in December 2011 was 65.4%.
  • Tasmania had the lowest labour force participation rate of all states and territories in December 2011.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the labour force participation rate was 61.1%, a slight increase from the previous month.


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How many people participate in the labour force in your state or territory?

The participation rate represents the labour force (total employed and unemployed who are actively looking for work) expressed as a percentage of the civilian population aged 15 years and over, in the same group. Labour force estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey component of the Monthly Population Survey. Information is obtained from the occupants of selected dwellings by specially trained interviewers using computer-assisted interviewing.

A person's experience of the labour market will vary according to a number of factors, including the economic conditions at any given time, and their age. For example, the chance of someone finding a job decreases during a recession, while the likelihood of participating in the labour force varies as circumstances change, particularly in relation to family and education commitments. Factors affecting someone's peer group can also have a similar influence on labour market activity - people of different generations may have different expectations and experiences.