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CIVILIAN LABOUR FORCE BY REGION
The trend estimate of the total number of unemployed persons in Victoria for June 2010 was 158,100 persons, a decrease of 10,400 persons from June 2009. The result of these changes was an unemployment rate of 5.4%, a decrease of 0.6 percentage points from June 2009. The male unemployment rate (5.5%) was higher than the female unemployment rate (5.3%) in June 2010.
The trend estimate of the participation rate for Victoria in June 2010 was 65.1% which was 0.5 percentage points higher than the rate recorded in June 2009. The female participation rate is historically lower than the male participation rate and in June 2010 the female and male participation rates were 58.3% and 72.2%, respectively. Between June 2009 and June 2010 the female participation rate increased by 0.7 percentage points while the male participation rate increased by 0.3 percentage points.
View underlying data as an Excel spreadsheet: Download Table 05. Labour force status by Sex - Victoria - Trend, seasonally adjusted and original from the Downloads Page.
Based on original estimates, in the Melbourne Major Statistical Region (MSR), there was an increase in employment (97,700) and a decrease in unemployment (16,800), resulting in the labour force growing by 81,000 people (3.8%) between June 2009 and June 2010. The labour force also grew in the Balance of Victoria MSR, with an increase in both employment (17,400) and unemployment (4,600). In the Melbourne MSR, both full-time and part-time employment increased - by 3.4% and 8.5% respectively, while in the Balance of Victoria MSR, full-time employment increased by 6.3% and part-time employment decreased by 4.0%. The rest of the chapter deals with original series estimates unless otherwise stated.
The labour force participation rate increased from 65.7% to 66.3% in the Melbourne MSR and from 61.0% to 61.4% in the Balance of Victoria MSR.
The proportion of employed people who worked full-time decreased from 70.2% to 69.2% in the Melbourne MSR and increased from 64.3% to 66.6% in the Balance of Victoria MSR.
Within the Balance of Victoria MSR, the All Gippsland Statistical Region (SR) recorded the largest increase in employment (19,200), followed by the Goulburn-Ovens-Murray SR (10,300), while falls in employment were recorded in the Barwon-Western District SR (-6,700), the Central Highlands-Wimmera SR (-4,400) and the Loddon-Mallee SR (-900).
View underlying data as an Excel spreadsheet: Download Civilian labour force, By Statistical Region from the Downloads Page.