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Provisional commonwealth employment service statistics end-July 1977



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INFWR RFI FASB FROM THE MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS THE HON. TONY STREET, M.R

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EMBARGO 5:00 pm '

PROVISIONAL COMMONWEALTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE STATISTICS END-JULY 1977

There was no clearly evident trend in the labour market during July.

During the month the number of registered unemployed rose by 4,598 or 1.4% compared with a rise of 5,035 or 1.9% in July 1976 and a rise of 5,647 or 2.3% in July 1975. School- leavers decreased by 2,862 (12.2%) compared with falls of 1,844 (1 1i6%) and 1,924 (15.6%) during the same month of the 2 preceding years.

At end-July there were 337,391 unemployed persons registered with the CES or 5.4% of the estimated labour force of 6.2m. This compares with 270,286 or 4.5% of the labour force as at end- July 1976 and 251,622 or 4.2% of the labour force at the end of July 1975.

Unfilled vacancies declined during the month by 43 or 0.2% to a level of 19,086. Last July vacancies fell by 41 (0.2%) to 19,153 while in July 1975 they increased by 11 to 25,528.

During July 1977 a total of 127,486 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 89,963. These figures compared with total placements and lapsings of 124,182 and referrals of 76,127 in July 1976.

The Minister for Social Security, Senator the Hon Margaret Guilfoyle, has advised that as at 29/7/77 the number of persons receiving Unemployment Benefits was 253,809.

The seasonally adjusted figure for overtime increased from 2.3 hours per employee in May to 2.5 hours in June.

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 Revievy of the Employment Situation to be released on Monday 15 August 1977.

MELBOURNE

5 August 1977

TABLE A : CES STATISTICS END-JULY 1977

O R IG IN A L DATA fa)

State Unemployed

Unemployed Excluding School-leavers

Unemployed School-leavers

Unfilled Vacancies

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

New South Wales 139,688 -1 ,2 6 9 6.09 131,225 - 2 2 4 8,463 -1 ,0 4 5 6,557 + 152

Victoria 78,713 + 1,100 4.67 73,402 + 1,860 5,311 -7 6 0 6,792 - 2 4

Queensland 49,819 + 1,237 5.64 47,461 + 1,700 2,358 - 4 6 3 1,749 -1 6 2

South Australia 29,134 + 1,544 5.03 26,699 + 1,731 2,435 - 187 1,125 + 62

Western Australia 26,588 + 1,015 4.93 25,540 + 1,270 1,048 - 255 1,771 + 11

Tasmania 9,505 + 719 5.35 8,536 + 854 969 -1 3 5 840 -1 0 7

Northern Territory 3,944 + 252 9.62 3,883 + 269 61 -1 7 252 + 25

AUSTRALIA 337,391 + 4,598 5.44 316,746 + 7,460 20,645 -2 ,8 6 2 19,086 - 4 3

(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 29 JULY 1977

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

State

29 July 1977

Variation since previous month

New South Wales 112,186 + 483

Victoria 54,982 (c)

Queensland 34,340 + 748

South Australia 22,110 + 1,080

Western Australia 19,790 + 848

Tasmania 7,978 + 900

Northern Territory 2,423 - 41

AUSTRALIA 253,809 I (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 Jdne due to an industrial dispute in the Department

of Social Security.

TABLE C: SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA (a)

Month Unfilled

Vacancies

Overtime (b)

A U S TR A LIA

February 1977 . 24,953 2.23

March 23,243 2.38

April 21,907 2.31

May 21,078 2.29

June 22,242 2.46

July . 22,733 (c)

Month Unfilled ,

Vacancies

Month Unfilled

Vacancies

New South Wales South Australia (d)

February 1977 9,250 February 1977 1,710

March 8,197 March 1,582

April 7,576 April 1,317

May 7,807 May 1,261

June 8,102 June 1,153

July 8,199 July 1,285

Victoria Western Australia

February 1977 8,218 February 1977 2,473

March 7,697 March 2,223

April 7,528 April 2,223

May 7,146 May 2,104

June 7,581 June 2,111

July 7,742 July 2,186

Queensland Tasmania

February 1977 2,054 February 1977 1,061

March 1,898 March 1,170

April 1,920 April 931

May 1,786 May 1,025

June 2,008 June 1,242

July. 1,961 July 1,081

(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.