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AUGUST KEY FIGURES
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE)
Since October 2003, the ABS has been progressively implementing computer assisted interviewing (CAI) into the LFS. Under CAI, interviewers record responses directly onto an electronic questionnaire in a laptop computer. This replaces the traditional 'pen and paper' method previously used.
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The trend estimate of unemployed persons fell rapidly from 920,700 in September 1993 to 728,100 in July 1995. The trend estimate then rose to 771,700 in February 1997, before falling to 583,600 in September 2000. After rising to 685,300 in October 2001, the trend estimate has generally fallen to stand at 576,400 in August 2004.
The trend unemployment rate fell rapidly from 10.7% in August 1993 to 8.1% in July 1995. The trend estimate then rose slowly, reaching 8.4% in February 1997, before falling to 6.1% in September 2000. After rising to 7.0% in October 2001, the trend estimate has since fallen to stand at 5.6% in August 2004.
STATES TREND ESTIMATES
NEW SOUTH WALES
The trend unemployment rate for New South Wales fell steadily from 10.7% in January 1993 to 7.4% in August 1995. The trend then rose gradually, reaching 7.7% in April 1997, before falling to 5.3% in September 2000. The trend rate then rose to 6.4% in October 2001, before generally falling to 5.4% in February 2004. The trend has risen over the last six months to stand at 5.6% in August 2004.
The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for Victoria decreased from a peak of 12.1% in August 1993 to 8.2% in May 1996. The trend then rose until November 1996, before falling steadily to 5.8% in October 2000. The trend then rose to 6.7% in November 2001, before generally decreasing to 5.5% in November 2003. The trend has since risen and stands at 5.9% in August 2004.
The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for Queensland increased from 8.3% in December 1994 to 9.5% in February 1997. The trend then generally fell to 7.3% in August 2000, before rising to 8.7% in May 2001. Over the last three years the trend rate has fallen to stand at 5.6% in August 2004.
The trend unemployment rate for South Australia decreased from 11.6% in June 1992 to 8.9% in June 1996. The trend then rose slowly to 9.8% in July 1998 before generally falling to 7.1% in January 2001. The trend rate rose to 7.6% in July 2001 before falling to 6.1% in January 2003. The trend then gradually rose to 6.6% in December 2003 before falling to stand at 6.2% in August 2004.
The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for Western Australia rose from 7.0% in July 1995 to 7.5% in July 1996 before generally falling to 5.8% in August 2000. The trend then rose sharply to 7.4% in June 2001. Since then the trend has generally fallen to stand at 4.9% in August 2004.
The trend estimate of the unemployment rate for Tasmania fell from a peak of 12.5% in August 1993 to 9.1% in September 1995. After rising to 10.9% in October 1997, the trend generally fell to 8.7% in September 1999. The trend estimate remained relatively steady until February 2003, before falling sharply for the next six months. The decrease in the trend rate has slowed over the last year, and stands at 6.7% in August 2004.
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