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CES employment statistics - December 1983 quarter



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NEWS RELEASE : 2& 27 January 1984 CES EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS - DECEMBER 1983 QUARTER

Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) statistics for the December quarter 1983 show both a seasonal increase in registered unemployed as well as an encouraging growth in job opportunities.

The Federal Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Mr Ralph Willis, highlighted the increase of 35.9 per cent in vacancies notified to the CES compared to the level experienced in the December quarter 1982.

"This substantial improvement in job opportunities for CES clients compares with the decline of 30.8 per cent in vacancy notifications recorded over the same period in 1982," he said.

The number of people registered as unemployed with the CES at the end of 1983 was 872,700, an increase of 12.5 per cent over

the end-September 1983 figure.

Mr Willis emphasised that this rise in the number of people looking for work was a reflection of usual' seasonal influences.

"The influx of school leavers into the labour market is the main influence," he said.

"The number of registered unemployed teenagers increased by 42.8 per cent since the end of the September quarter.

"This accounted for 70 per cent of the total increase in CES registrations during this period.

"The remainder of the increase was largely the result of seasonal variations in adult employment, such as the end of the pre- Christmas employment surge and seasonal falls in employment in the meat and sugar industries in Queensland".

Mr Willis said he was confident that the strong growth in vacancy notifications to the CES, and in employment levels generally, would give school leavers a much better chance of getting a job

than in previous years.

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"As s u c h , I am confident that the underlying improvement in the unemployment situation should be clearly reflected in subsequent CES statistics," he said.

Mr Willis emphasised that Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures are the accepted measure of the level of unemployment .in Australia.

ABS and CES figures are not comparable because of differences in definition, time frame, and collection meth o d s .

"For these reasons, caution should be used in interpreting the CES figures or in making direct comparisons with ABS figures," Mr Willis s aid.

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(3 tables follow:)

Table 1: VACANCIES NOTIFIED TO THE CES DURING DECEMBER QUARTER COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS DECEMBER QUARTER BY YEAR

% CHANGE IN VACANCIES NOTIFIED

DEC QUARTER DEC QUARTER DEC QUARTER DEC QUARTER

1982/DEC QUARTER 1983 1981/DEC QUARTER 1982 1980/DEC QUARTER 1981

1979/DEC QUARTER 1980

+35.9% -30.8% - 1 .8 %

+ 19.5%

Table 2: UNEMPLOYED PERSONS REGISTERED WITH THE CES FOR FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT

March 1983 June 1983 September 1983 December 1983

Number Percent Number

Change

Percent Change Number Percent Change

Number

NSW 313,834 -1.6 308,774 -3.1 299,252 + 10.7 331,181

VIC 193,259 -4.7 184,125 -3 . 0 178,690 + 9.0 194,731

QLD 125,202 + 1.4 126,993 -5.6 119,829 + 22.5 146,749

WA 72,368 -2.8 70,322 -2.4 68,626 + 14.3 78,443

SA 72,928 -4.8 69,396 -3 . 4 67,070 + 11.8 74,968

TAS 25,770 -11.4 22,844 + 1.9 23,284 + 15.8 26,967

NT 9,883 + 10.6 10,929 + 3 . 7 11,332 -5.6 10,695

ACT 9,362 -9.6 8,466 -8.1 7,779 + 15.3 8,966

AUST 822,606 -2.5 801,849 -3.2 77 5,862 + 12.5 872,700

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TABLE 3: YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 15-19 YEARS AND OTHER AGE GROUPS REGISTERED WITH THE CES

15- 19 yr s 20 + yr s

No % N o %

March 1983 206,315 25.1 616,291 74.9

June 1983 176,118 2 2 . 0 625,731 78.0

(% Change) - (- 14.6) - (+1.5)

September 1983 158,187 2 0 . 4 617,675 79.6

(% Change) - (- 10.2) - (- 1 .3

December 1983 225,825 25.9 646,875 74.1

( % Change) - (+ 42.8) - (+ 4.7