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CIVILIAN LABOUR FORCE BY REGION
The trend estimate of the total number of unemployed persons in Victoria for December 2010 was 158,100 persons, an increase of 1,000 persons from December 2009. This resulted in an unemployment rate of 5.2%, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from December 2009. The female unemployment rate (5.6%) was higher than the male unemployment rate (4.9%) in December 2010.
The trend estimate of the participation rate for Victoria in December 2010 was 66.0%, which was 0.6 percentage points higher than the rate recorded in December 2009. The female participation rate is historically lower than the male participation rate and in December 2010 the female and male participation rates were 58.5% and 73.7%, respectively. Between December 2009 and December 2010 the male participation rate increased by 1.3 percentage points while the female participation rate remained steady.
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 of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).
The rest of the chapter analyses original series estimates unless otherwise stated.
In the Melbourne Major Statistical Region (MSR), there was an increase of 71,900 in employment and a decrease of 12,800 in unemployment, resulting in the labour force growing by 59,100 people (2.7%) between December 2009 and December 2010. The labour force also grew in the Balance of Victoria MSR, with an increase in both employment (19,500) and unemployment (2,700). In the Melbourne MSR, full-time and part-time employment increased by 3.9% and 2.5% respectively, while in the Balance of Victoria MSR, full-time employment increased by 5.6% and part-time employment decreased by 2.8%.
The labour force participation rate increased from 66.9% to 67.2% in the Melbourne MSR and from 63.8% to 64.2% in the Balance of Victoria MSR.
Between December 2009 and December 2010, the proportion of employed people who worked full-time increased from 70.2% to 70.5% in the Melbourne MSR, and from 66.1% to 67.9% in the Balance of Victoria MSR.
Change in employed persons, Labour Force Regions in Balance of Victoria - December 2009 to December 2010
Within the Balance of Victoria MSR, the All Gippsland Statistical Region (SR) recorded the largest increase in employment (19,800), followed by the Central Highlands-Wimmera SR (6,000) while decreases in employment were recorded in the Barwon-Western District SR (6,300) and Goulburn-Ovens-Murray SR (2,900).
View underlying data as an Excel spreadsheet: Download Civilian labour force, By Statistical Region from the Downloads Page.