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Provisional commonwealth employment service statistics end-June 1977



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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS THE HON. TONY STREET, M.P

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EMBARGO 5.00 pm

PROVISIONAL COMMONWEALTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE STATISTICS END-JUNE 1977

The labour market deteriorated again last month.

During June 1977 the number of registered unemployed rose by 11,610 or 3.6% compared with a rise of 6,346 or 2.5% in June 1976 and a fall of 2,089 or 0.8% in June 1975. School- leavers decreased by 4,524 (16.1%) compared with falls of 4,183 (20.8%) and 2,971 (19.4%) during the same month of the 2 preceding years.

A t end-June there were 332,793 unemployed persons registered with the CES or 5.4% of the estimated labour force of 6.2m. This compares with 265,251 or 4.4% of the labour force as at end-June 1976 and 245,975 or 4.1% of the labour force at the end of June 1975.

Unfilled vacancies declined during the month by 765 or 3.8% to a level of 19,129. Last June, vacancies fell by 1,715 (8.2%) to 19,194 while in June 1975 they decreased by 3,251 (11.3%) to 25,517.

During June 1977 a total of 151,964 persons registered for employment with the CES were either placed or lapsed and therefore no longer required the assistance of the CES. In addition, referrals to employers totalled 107,834. These figures compare with total placements and lapsings of 153,863 and referrals of 98,265 in June 1976.

The seasonally adjusted figure for overtime remained unchanged at 2.3 hours per employee in the Department's survey.

The provisional statistics for each of the 6 States, the Northern Territory and for Australia as a whole are set out in the attached tables. More detailed tables will be included in my Department's Monthly Review of the Employment Situation to be released on Monday

18 July 1977.

MELBOURNE

8 July 1977

TABLE A: CES STATISTICS END-JUNE 1977 O R IG IN A L DATA (a)

State Unemployed

Unemployed Excluding School-leavers

Unemployed School-leavers

Unfilled Vacancies

No. Va r.(b) % (c) No. Var. (b) No. Va r.(b) No. Va r.(b)

New South Wales 140,957 + 2,088 6.15 131,449 + 3,865 9,508 - λ , Ί Π 6,405 -3 6 6

Victoria 77,613 + 4,775 4.60 71,542 + 5,980 6,071 -1 ,2 0 5 6,816 -161

Queensland 48,582 + 108 5.50 45,761 + 1,035 2,821 -9 2 7 1,911 + 120

South Australia 27,590 + 1,673 4.76 24,968 + 1,893 2,622 -2 2 0 1,063 -1 0 2

Western Australia 25,573 + 2,049 4.75 24,270 + 2,286 1,303 -2 3 7 1,760 -2 3 5

Tasmania 8,786 + 670 4.94 7,682 + 817 1,104 -147 947 + 29

Northern Territory 3,692 + 247 9.00 3,614 + 258 78 -11 227 - 5 0

AUSTRALIA 332,793 + 11,610 5.37 309,286 + 16,134 23,507 -4 ,5 2 4 19,129 - 7 6 5

(a) Figures are provisional and subject to revision. (b) Variation since previous month. (c) Unemployed as a proportion of the Labour Force.

TABLE B : UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT RECIPIENTS AS A T 1 JULY 1977

O R IG IN A L DATA (a)(b)

State 1 July

1977

Variation since previous month

New South Wales 111,703 +1,213

Victoria (c) (c)

Queensland 33,592 -7 5 8

South Australia 21,030 (c)

Western Australia 18,942 +2,453

Tasmania 7,078 +524

Northern Territory 2,464 (c)

AUSTRALIA (c) (c)

(a) Figures are provisional and subject to revision. (b) Source: Department of Social Security. (c) Figures of Unemployment Benefit recipients for Victoria are not available for June due to an industrial dispute in the Department

of Social Security as was the case for South Australia and Northern Territory in May.

TABLE C: SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA (a)

. Month

Unfilled Vacancies Overtime (b)

AUSTRALIA

January 1977 24,532 2.28

February 24,953 2.23

March ·â–  , · 23,243 2.38

April 21,907 2.31

May 21,078 2.29

June 22,242 (c)

Month

Unfilled Vacancies

South Australia (d)

January 1977 1,904

February 1,710

March 1,582

April 1,317

May 1,261

June 1,153

Western Australia

January 1977 2,826

February 2,473

March 2,223

April 2,223

May 2,104

June ... 2,111

Tasmania

January 1977 907

February 1,061

March 1,170

April 931

May . 1,025

June 1,242

Month

Unfilled Vacancies

New South Wales

January 1977 8,933

February 9,250

March 8,197

April 7,576

May 7,807

June 8,102

Victoria

January 1977 7,742

February 8,218

March < _. ·; 7,697

April . 7,528

May 7,146

June 7,581

Queensland

January 1977 1,926

February 2,054

March 1,898

April 1,920

May 1,786

June 2,008

(a) Source: Australian Statistician. Figures are subject to revision. (b) Average hours worked per employee in the survey. .

(c) There is a lag of one month in the collection of overtime data from employers in the Larger Private Factory survey. (d) Figures for Northern Territory are no longer included in South Australia. Seasonally adjusted data for Northern Territory are not available.