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Thursday, 24 February 1977

Mr Neil (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice:

(1)   What was the total estimated number of persons (a) employed and (b) unemployed in the construction industry in (i) Australia and (ii) each State and Territory during each month since 1971.

(2)   What are the similar figures for associated professional practices, including architects and consulting engineers.

Mr Street - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The following tables provide statistics on employed and unemployed persons in the construction industry during September in each year 1971-1976. September 1976 is the most recent month for which data are available for both employed and unemployed persons.

To extract figures for all months in each year would involve more clerical labour than can be made available with current staffing levels in the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations. However, the figures for the employed group, on a monthly basis, are available from the ABS publications to which reference has been made.

Unemployed in the Construction Industry' are the numbers of unemployed persons registered for employment in the construction industry with the Commonwealth Employment Service. The occupational categories covered in this instance are skilled building and construction workers, building labourers, and other building and construction workers. The data from which these figures are extracted are available at the Central Office of my Department in Melbourne, but the work involved in extracting them on a monthly basis would be even greater than that required for the extraction of the required data from the employment series.

(2)   So far as associated professional groups are concerned, neither ABS nor CES data are available in the form requested.

The Professional Employment Service at the Central Office of my Department does however hold partial statistics for each month from September 1973 for some categories of related professional workers registered as unemployed, but again, current resources are not sufficient for detailed extraction from them.


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