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The number of males employed full-time in South Australia increased slightly to be 359,100 (in trend terms) in August 2010. Looking at the composition of all male employees, those working full-time accounted for 82.3% of the male workforce, up from 81.1% in August 2009. The number of females employed full-time increased for the tenth consecutive month to be 188,800 in August 2010; 3.2% higher than the corresponding month of the previous year. At that time full-time female employees accounted for 49.4% and by August 2010 this proportion had risen to 50.3%.
After increasing in the first five months of the year, South Australia's trend unemployment rate has been relatively steady. The August 2010 estimate of 5.3% sees the series remain above the national rate of unemployment for the fifth consecutive month. Australia's unemployment rate (in trend terms) has fallen from 5.8% in mid 2009 to be 5.2% in August 2010.
From a high of 6.2% in June 2009, the trend unemployment rate for South Australian males has fallen for eight consecutive months and was 5.1% in February 2010. The series has been rising for the last six months with male unemployment 5.4% in August 2010. In contrast, the trend unemployment rate for South Australian females rose for 11 months from June 2009 before falling to 5.2% in August. The unemployment rate for South Australian females has been below males for two months.
Nationally, the trend unemployment rates for males and females in August 2010 were 5.0% and 5.3% respectively.
Following six months of relative stability, the trend estimate of the participation rate for South Australia has risen marginally in August 2010 to be 63.4%. Australia's trend participation rate has also remained relatively stable over the same period and was 65.4% in August.
In South Australia, the participation rate for males has been falling since the beginning of the year and was 69.6% in August 2010. The Australian participation rate for males has shown little movement for more than a year, holding steady at 72.3% in August 2010. 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 57.4% in August. The Australian female participation rate also rose marginally in August to be 58.7%.
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