Labour force, Australia, Feb 2012

8 March 2012

This paper provides summary results of the monthly Labour Force Survey containing estimates of employed and unemployed persons classified by sex, full-time/part-time status, states and territories and some age groups; and persons not in the labour force.

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 5.2 per cent in February.

The number of people employed decreased by 15,400 to 11,444,000 in February. The decrease in employment was driven by decreased part-time employment, down 15,400 people to 3,380,400, while full-time employment remained at 8,063,600. The decrease in seasonally adjusted part-time employment was driven by a decrease in female part-time employment.

The number of people unemployed increased by 16,400 people to 632,200.

The labour force participation rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 65.2 per cent.

The ABS monthly aggregate hours worked series showed an increase in February, up 21.6 million hours to 1,616.6 million hours.

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