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The number of males employed full-time in South Australia increased slightly to be 359,600 (in trend terms) in July 2010. Looking at the composition of all male employees, those working full-time accounted for 82.6% of the male workforce, up from 81.6% in July 2009. The number of females employed full-time increased for the eighth consecutive month to be 186,900 in July 2010; 1.3% higher than the corresponding month of the previous year. At that time full-time female employees accounted for 49.5% and by July 2010 this proportion had risen to 50.1%.
After falling from 5.6% to 5.2% between August and December 2009, South Australia's unemployment rate has been on an upward trend in 2010. The July estimate of 5.3% sees the series remain above the national rate of unemployment for the fourth consecutive month. Australia's unemployment rate (in trend terms) has fallen from 5.8% in July 2009 to 5.2% in July 2010.
Having fallen from 6.2% in June 2009, the trend unemployment rate for South Australian males held steady at 5.1% in January and February 2010 before rising to be 5.3% in July. From a low of 4.9% in mid 2009, the trend unemployment rate for South Australian females has also been on the rise, although it has remained relatively steady over the last few months and was 5.4% in July 2010.
Nationally, the trend unemployment rates for males and females in July 2010 held steady at 5.1% and 5.3% respectively.
The trend estimate of the participation rate for South Australia has shown very little movement over recent months and was 63.2% in July 2010. Similarly, Australia's trend participation rate has also remained relatively stable over the same period and was 65.3% in July.
In South Australia, the participation rate for males has fallen slightly over the last six months to be 69.5% in July 2010. In comparison, the Australian participation rate for males remained steady at 72.3% in July 2010, showing little change for almost the last year and a half. From a peak of 58.0% in April and May 2009, the participation rate for South Australian females fell to 56.7% in early 2010, but has risen gradually since then to be 57.2% in July. The Australian female participation rate remained steady at 58.6% in July 2010.
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