1318.3 - Qld Stats, May 2007  
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Job Vacancies
Employed Persons
Participation rate
Employed Persons by Industry


In original terms, Queensland's total number of job vacancies decreased to 38,700 in February 2007 from 38,800 in November 2006. The February 2007 vacancies were 20% higher than in February 2006. Public sector vacancies accounted for less than one in ten (9.9%) of total job vacancies in February 2007.

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 April 2007, total employment in Queensland in trend terms rose to 2,132,000 persons. Full-time employed persons (1,551,800) accounted for 73% of total employed persons. Males accounted for 65% of full-time employed persons and 55% of total employed persons.

Employed Persons(a), Trend - Queensland
Graph: Employed Persons(a), Trend—Queensland


The trend estimate of the number of unemployed persons in Queensland continues to fall and in April 2007 was 82,800 persons. This equates to an unemployment rate of 3.7%. Since July 2004, the Queensland unemployment rate has been equal to or lower than the national unemployment rate.

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

Females accounted for 52% of the number of unemployed persons in Queensland in April 2007 and had an unemployment rate of 4.3%. The corresponding male unemployment rate was 3.3%. Females have had higher rates of unemployment than their male counterparts since April 2002.

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


The trend estimate of the participation rate for Queensland continues to rise and reached 67.6% in April 2007. This is a 4.8% increase on the participation rate for April 1997 (64.4%) and the highest level recorded for the period April 1997 to April 2007. Queensland has consistently recorded higher participation rates than the national average and this gap has broadened over the last twelve months to 2.7 percentage points in April 2007.

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

For Queensland, the trend participation rate for females has been 60% or greater for the last twelve months reaching 60.4% in April 2007. This is a 9.6% increase on the female participation rate recorded in April 1997 (55.1%). The male participation rate in April 2007 was 74.8%, an increase of 1.2% on the rate recorded for April 1997 (73.9%).

Participation Rate(a), Trend - Queensland
Graph: Participation Rate(a), 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.EMPLOYED PERSONS BY INDUSTRY

There were 2,104,400 employed persons in Queensland in February 2007. The industries with the most number of employed persons were Retail trade (327,300), Property and business services (244,300) and Construction (228,400). Those industries employing the least number of persons included Electricity, gas and water (17,900), Communication services (32,900) and Mining (37,500).

The five major industries with the most number of employees accounted for over half (57%) of Queensland's employed persons.

Employed persons by Industry, Original - Percentage of total employed: Queensland - February 2007
Graph: Employed persons by Industry, Original—Percentage of total employed: Queensland—February 2007

In the year February 2006 to February 2007, the greatest increase of employed persons occurred in Communication services (34%) and Agriculture, forestry and fishing (22%). In the same period, Personal and other services and Electricity, gas and water supply had the greatest decrease in employed persons with reductions of -12% and -9.6%, respectively.

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.