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The number of males employed full-time in South Australia in March 2011 was 364,500 (in trend terms), up slightly from the previous month (364,200). Looking at the composition of all male employees, those working full-time accounted for 82.9% of the male workforce, up from 81.6% in March 2010. The number of females employed full-time fell in March 2011 to 186,700; 1.9% below the peak recorded in October 2010 (190,300). At that time full-time female employees accounted for 50.6% of the female workforce. In March 2011, this proportion was 49.5%.
South Australia's trend unemployment rate held steady in March 2011 at 5.5%. The estimate remains above the national unemployment rate for the tenth consecutive month. The Australian unemployment rate fell to 4.9% in March 2011.
The trend unemployment rate for South Australian males fell to 5.4% in March 2011; below the female unemployment rate for the third consecutive month. The March 2011 estimate of the female unemployment rate remained steady at 5.6%.
Nationally, the March 2011 trend unemployment rate for males fell to 4.6%, while the female unemployment rate held steady at 5.3%.
The trend estimate of the participation rate for South Australia has shown very little movement over recent months and in March 2011 was 63.5%. Australia's trend participation rate has followed a similar trend remaining relatively steady over recent months and in March 2011 was 65.8%.
The South Australian participation rate for males has shown very little movement over recent months and in March 2011 was 69.7%. The Australian participation rate for males remained relatively stable over the same time and in March 2011 was 72.7%. Following a period of growth, the participation rate for South Australian females has plateaued, with the March 2011 estimate at 57.6%. Similarly, the Australian female participation rate held steady at 59.1% in March 2011.
Please refer to the article Impact of the floods on the Labour Force Survey in Labour Force, Australia, Jan 2011 (cat. no. 6202.0).
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