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AUSTRALIA’s LABOUR FORCE MOVEMENTS – FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT GROWS

Posted on : Friday, 18 August 2017

Monthly trend full-time employment continued to increase for the tenth straight month in July 2017. Over the past 12 months, employment has increased by 259,200 positions (2.2%). The unemployment rate remained steady at 5.6%. In seasonally adjusted terms, the 12-month employment rate also increased 2.0%, with the unemployment rate dropping from 5.7% to 5.6%.

 

Trend employment estimates saw an increase in employment by 26,000 (to 12,196,900) with a decrease in unemployment by 1,800 to 726,000 in the last month.

 

The monthly seasonally adjusted employment rate increased by 27,900 (12,201,400), which reversed the last month trend by seeing full-time employment decrease 20,300 (8,342,300) and part-time increase 48,200 to 3,859,100.

 

The seasonally adjusted unemployment figures showed unemployment increased 1,100 (730,600). The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work decreased to 496,400 (3,800), with 234,200 unemployed persons looking only for part-time work (up 4,900).

 

The national participation rate (seasonally adjusted) increased 0.1% to 65.1%.

The National Labour Force patterns since July 2015 (seasonally adjusted)

 

MONTH

Employed ('000)

Full-Time

Part-Time

Unemployment (%)

July 2014

11,536.0

8,023.2

3,512.7

6.2%

July 2015

11,745.8

8,120.2

3,625.6

6.3%

July 2016

11,962.1

8,144.6

3,817.5

5.8%

April 2017

12,113.9

8,239.4

3,874.4

5.7%

May 2017

12,153.5

8,293.3

3,860.2

5.5%

June 2017

12,173.5

8,362.6

3,810.8

5.7%

July 2017

12,201.4

8,342.3

3,859.1

5.6%

 

In July 2017, increases in trend employment were again observed in all states, while steady in the ACT and down in the NT (down 1,600). The largest increases were in NSW (up 10,600) and QLD (8,300). On an annual basis, all states experienced increases. The trend unemployment rate decreased in WA and SA. In seasonally adjusted terms, the largest increase in employment was in QLD (up 27,000). The largest decreases in seasonally adjusted unemployment were in SA (down 0.4%) and QLD (down 0.3%), while Tasmania had the largest increase (up 0.7%).

 

The following table illustrates the unemployment measures by state/territory

 

                               

STATE/TERRITORY

TREND

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED

ORIGINAL

June

July

June

July

June

July

%

%

%

%

%

%

New South Wales

4.8

4.8

4.8

5.0

4.7

4.9

Victoria

6.0

6.0

5.9

6.1

5.6

6.0

Queensland

6.3

6.3

6.5

6.2

6.5

6.0

South Australia

6.7

6.6

6.6

6.2

6.4

6.1

Western Australia

5.5

5.4

5.6

5.4

5.3

5.3

Tasmania

6.0

6.1

5.6

6.3

5.6

6.3

Northern Territory

3.2

3.2

np

np

3.2

3.5

ACT

4.5

4.8

np

np

4.7

4.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIA

5.6

5.6

5.7

5.6

5.5

5.5

 

The high degree of variability which can lead to considerable revisions is the reason for not publishing seasonally adjusted estimates for the NT and the ACT.            (ABS Labour Force 6202.0 - July 2017)


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