1367.0 - State and Territory Statistical Indicators, 2011  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/01/2012   
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  • In the ACT in December 2011, the trend estimate of the labour force participation rate was 72.1%, unchanged from the previous 2 months. The national rate in December 2011 was 65.4%.
  • The highest participation rate for December 2011 was in the NT, at 75.2%, and the lowest in Tasmania, at 60.9%.

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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.