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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1066

(Question No. 988)


Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 21 August 1984:

(1) What have been the employment levels for each industry group in the financial years 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84.

(2) What redundancies have been recorded in each industry group in the financial years 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84.


Senator Button —The Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations has provided the following information in response to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Table 1 below provides the employment levels for each industry group for each year from 1981-82 to 1983-84.

(2) The number of redundancies occurring in each industry is not directly available, however, information on the total number of persons laid off during the years 1980 to 1983 is provided in Tables 2 and 3 below. These are the latest years for which information is available.

Table 1

EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY, ANNUAL AVERAGES 1981-82 to 1983-84

('000)*

Industry

1981-82 1982-83 1983-84

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 408.7 416.7 407.8 Mining 98.6 96.0 98.1 Manufacturing 1 248.9 1 163.4 1 139.3 Electricity, gas and water 127.9 139.7 143.1 Construction 476.4 437.1 409.7 Wholesale and retail trade 1 282.7 1 258.4 1 254.1 Transport and storage 357.8 365.8 363.3 Communication 138.5 132.8 138.9 Finance, property and business services 567.0 571.9 596.3 Public administration and defence 291.8 294.8 318.9 Community services 1 026.8 1 041. 3 1 086.8 Recreation, personal and other services 400.1 403.0 412.2 Total employed 6 425.1 6 320.8 6 368.8

*The data on employment by industry are only available for the months of August , November, February and May of each year and the figures provided therefore relate to annual averages of these months.

Source: ABS, The Labour Force, Australia, (Catalogue Number 6203.0).

Note: Due to rounding sub-totals may not add up to totals.

Table 2

PERSONS WHO CHANGED JOBS DURING THE PERIOD FEBRUARY 1980 TO FEBRUARY 1981 BECAUSE THEY WERE LAID OFF (a)

('000)

Industry

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 12.7 Manufacturing 49.9 Construction 31.4 Wholesale and retail trade 54.4 Transport and storage 8.7 Finance, property and business services 10.5 Community services 9.3 Recreation , personal and other services 16.2 Other industries (b) 6.2 Total 199.4

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics' Labour Mobility, During the Period February 1980 to February 1981, Australia (6209.0)

(a) Relates to persons who indicated they were laid off by an employer or business.

(b) Comprises mining, electricity, gas and water, communication and public administration and defence.

Note: 1. In the February 1981 survey, reason for leaving a job was only asked of persons who changed a job; 2. Due to rounding sub-totals may not add up to total.

Table 3

PERSONS WHO LEFT A JOB BECAUSE THEY WERE LAID OFF (a)

('000)

During the

period

February During the

1981 to year ending

February February Industry

1982 1983

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 11.3 18.3 Manufacturing 62.7 130.6 Construction 39.7 72.7 Wholesale and retail trade 67.7 104.4 Transport and storage 8.5 14.2 Finance, property and business services 14.3 26.6 Community services 15.2 21.3 Recreation, personal and other services 25.8 36.2 Other industries (b) 6.2 9.1 Total 251.5 433.4

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics' Labour Mobility, Australia (6209.0).

(a) Relates to persons who indicated that the last job they had left was one from which they were laid off by an employer or business.

(b) Comprises mining, electricity, gas and water, communication, and public administration and defence.

Note: 1. In the February 1981 survey, reason for leaving a job was only asked of persons who changed jobs. For all previous and subsequent surveys, reasons for leaving a job was asked of the wider population of persons who left a job. 2 . Due to rounding sub-totals may not add up to totals.