1318.3 - Qld Stats, Jun 2008  
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Job Vacancies
Employed Persons
Participation rate
Employed Persons by Industry


In original terms, Queensland's total number of job vacancies increased to 38,600 in February 2008 from 37,300 in November 2007. The February 2008 vacancies were 0.3% lower than in February 2007. Public sector vacancies accounted for one in ten (9.6%) of total job vacancies in February 2008.

Job Vacancies, Original - Queensland
Graph: Job Vacancies, Original—Queensland

Further information on this topic can be accessed at Job Vacancies, Australia (cat. no. 6354.0). This publication is released quarterly.


In May 2008, total employment in Queensland in trend terms rose to 2,176,400 persons. Full-time employed persons (1,564,700) accounted for 72% of total employed persons. Males accounted for 65% of full-time employed persons and 54% of total employed persons.

Employed Persons, Trend - Queensland
Graph: Employed Persons, Trend—Queensland


The trend estimate of the number of unemployed persons in Queensland for May 2008 was 85,000 persons. This equates to an unemployment rate of 3.8%. Since July 2004, in trend estimate terms, the Queensland unemployment rate has been lower than the national unemployment rate.

Unemployment Rate(a), Trend
Graph: Unemployment Rate(a), Trend

Females accounted for 51% of the number of unemployed persons in Queensland in May 2008 and had an unemployment rate of 4.2%. The corresponding male unemployment rate was 3.4%. Females have had higher rates of unemployment than their male counterparts since May 2002.

Unemployment Rate(a), Trend - Queensland
Graph: Unemployment Rate(a), Trend—Queensland


The trend estimate of the participation rate for Queensland in May 2008 was 67.1%. This rate is 3.4% higher than May 1998. Queensland has consistently recorded higher participation rates than the national average.

Participation Rate, Trend
Graph: Participation Rate, Trend

For Queensland, the trend participation rate for females has been over 60% since July 2006, and was 61.0% in May 2008. This is an 9.0% increase on the female participation rate recorded in May 1998. The male participation rate in May 2008 was 73.2%, a decrease of -1.0% on the rate recorded for May 1998.

Participation Rate, Trend - Queensland
Graph: Participation Rate, Trend—Queensland

Further information on these topics can be accessed at Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) and Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets (cat. no. 6202.0.55.001) or ring the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. These publications are released monthly.


There were 2,151,600 employed persons in Queensland in February 2008. The industries with the most number of employed persons were Retail trade (346,600), Property and business services (255,600) and Construction (237,500). Those industries employing the least number of persons included Electricity, gas and water (20,00), Communication services (28,900) and Mining (37,200).

The five major industries with the most number of employed persons accounted for over half (58%) of Queensland's employed.

Employed Persons by Industry, Original - Percentage of total employed: Queensland - February 2008
Graph: Employed Persons by Industry, Original—Percentage of total employed: Queensland—February 2008

In the year February 2007 to February 2008, the greatest increase of employed persons occurred in Electricity, Gas and Water Supply (12%). In the same period, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing had the greatest decrease in employed persons with a reduction of 20%.

Note: Employed persons by industry has been reported in original terms and cannot be directly compared to the trend estimates reported for Labour Force.

For more detailed information on this topic, please refer to Labour Force , Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003) or ring the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. This publication is released quarterly.