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Provisional commonwealth employment service statistics February 1976



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INEWS RELEASE FROM THE MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS THE HON. TONY STREET, M.R

Embargo: 5.00 pm Friday 5 March 1976

PROVISIONAL COMMONWEALTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE STATISTICS

FEBRUARY 1976

The actual number of registered unemployed fell by 40,200 in February to 303,739. Most

of this can be attributed to the usual seasonal movement at this time of year.

After seasonal adjustment unemployment declined by 2,793 to 254,608. As mentioned in

my recent press releases, this series of figures continued to be subject to distortion. Unemployed

excluding school leavers seasonally adjusted fell by 6,754 to 231,274. The Australian Bureau of

Statistics has advised me that it regards this series of figures as a better indicator of labour market

trends in the present circumstances.

Unfilled vacancies decreased by 4,195 to 31,012. After seasonal adjustment they fell by 1,018

to 27,809.

Seasonally adjusted overtime increased from 1.93 hours in December to 1.97 hours in January.

There were tentative signs of a possible improvement in labour demand emerging in some sectors.

It appears that a significant number of school leavers found employment, although it seems many

also returned to full time studies. Labour demand in the home building sector remained strong

and some recruitment occurred in the white goods sector (ie refigerators, washing machines, etc).

The Minister for Social Security, Senator Margaret Guilfoyle has advised me that at the end of

February the number of persons receiving unemployment benefit decreased by 31,784 to 216,835.

This reduction is due to a combination of factors, including the absorption of school leavers into

the workforce, and the stricter guidelines formulated by the government, for the payment of

unemployment benefits.

The provisional statistics for each of the six States and for Australia as a whole are set out in

the tables which follow. More detailed tables will be included in the Department's Monthly

Review of the Employment Situation to be released on 15 March 1976.

CANBERRA

5 March 1976

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TABLE A: CBS STATISTICS O R IG IN A L DATA

State Total Unemployed

Unemployed . Excluding School-leavers

Unemployed School-leavers

Unfilled Vacancies

No.

(a )

V a r i a t i o n % (b) No.

(a )

V a r i a t i o n No.

(a )

V a r i a t i o n No.

( a l

V a r i a t i o n

New South Wales 122,469 -13,009 5.39 107,154 -6 ,3 1 7 15,315 - 6,692 12,248 - 2,535

Victoria 71,809 -14,084 4.32 59,386 -9 ,4 5 7 12,423 -4 ,6 2 7 10,266 -1 ,8 6 8

Queensland 50,141 - 4,909 5.95 44,186 -2 ,8 3 8 5,955 -2 ,0 7 1 1,916 - 348

South Australia 26,285 -3 ,9 0 4 4.31 22,472 -2 ,2 1 6 3,813 -1 ,6 8 8 3,013 + 310

Western Australia 22,752 -2 ,7 3 1 4.38 19,803 -1 ,7 8 8 2,949 - 9 4 3 2,302 + 75

Tasmania 10,283 -1 ,5 6 3 5.95 8,279 -1 ,1 0 2 2,004 -4 6 1 1,267 + 171

Australia 303,739 -40,200 5.00 261,280 -2 3 ,7 1 8 | 42,459 -16,482 31,012 -4 ,1 9 5

(a) Variation since previous month (b) Unemployed as a proportion of the Labour Force.

TABLE B: CES STATISTICS SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

Month

Total

Unemployed

Unemployed Excluding School-leavers

Unemployed School-leavers

Unfilled Vacancies

Australia

No. % (a)

September 303,715 5.09 262,002 41,713 26,642

October 315,780 5.21 273,516 42,264 23,585

November 288,179 4.74 271,962 16,217 26.533

December 286,923 4.72 267,768 19,155 26,368

January 257,401 4.25 238,028 19,373 28,827

February 254,608 4.20 231,274 23,334 27,809

New South Wales

September 122,606 5.57 105,495 17,111 9,271

October 122,834 5.41 107,828 15,006 8,199

November 108,954 4.80 105,512 3,442 10,863

December 111,164 4.90 103,398 7,766 11,600

January 103,546 4.56 95,653 7,893 13,002

February 107,911 4.75 97,844 10,067 11,256

Victoria

September 78,673 4.85 66,941 11,732 9,074

October 81,766 4.92 70,597 11,169 7,420

November 83,666 5.03 71,911 11,755 7,467

December 76,513 4.60 72,000 4,513 7,249

January 64,174 3.86 58,555 5,619 8,084

February 63,239 3.80 56,449 6,790 8,649

(a) Unemployed as a proportion of the Labour Force.

TABLE B: CES STATISTICS SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA (cont'd)

Month . Total

Unemployed

Unemployed Excluding School-leavers

Unemployed School-leavers

Unfilled Vacancies

Queensland No. % (a)

September 54,484 6.52 . 49,415 5,069 2,346

October 51,988 6.17 47,778 4,210 2,277

November 45,152 5.36 39,007 6,145 2,184

December 40,025 4.75 37,556 2,469 2,183

January .36,522 4.34 33,914 . 2,608 2,149

February 35,263 4.19 31,988 3,275 2,080

South Australia

September 26,720 4.52 22,102 4,618 2,831

October 27,549 4.52 22,784 4,765 2,534

November 28,051 4.60 24,246 3,805 2,990

December 25,466 4.18 23,799 1,667 2,059

January 23,246 3.81 21,684 1,562 2,497

February 22,873 3.75 20,523 2,350 2,527

Western Australia

- September 20,250 4.03 18,170 2,080 2,356

October 21,706 4.18 19,704 2,002 2,062

November 22,474 4.32 20,895 1,579 1,865

December 21,973 4.23 20,458 1,515 1,921

January 19,749 3.80 18,431 1,318 2,110

February 18,824 3.62 17,402 1,422 2,004

Tasmania

September 7,566 4.43 6,267 1,299 993

October 8,608 4.98 6,864 1,744 1,020

November 9,165 5.30 7,710 1,455 768

December 9,003 5.21 8,212 791 788

January 9,571 5.54 8,742 829 850

February 9,286 5.37 8,390 896 1,131

(a) Unemployed as a proportion of the Labour Force.

TABLE C: UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT RECIPIENTS (a)(b) O R IG IN A L AND SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

State

Original Data Seasonally Adjusted Data

February 1976

Variation since previous month

February 1976

Variation since previous month

New South Wales 87,701 - 8,797 83,662 + 7,748

Victoria 52,069 ; -1 0 ,5 9 0 51,952 + 3,768

Queensland 37,535 - 3,045 26,473 + 2,476

South Australia 17,253 -5 ,1 1 7 15,408 -1 ,3 5 9

Western Australia 15,108 -2 ,8 8 8 14,053 -3 5 6

Tasmania 7,169 -1 ,34 7 6,515 - 8 8 3

AUSTRALIA 216,835 -3 1 ,7 8 4 191,462 + 8,807

(a) Figures are provisional and subject to revision (b) Source: Department of Social Security.