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Household Labour Force Survey: December 2009 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  04 February 2010
Highlights
  • Seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 18,000 to 168,000.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 7.3 percent.
  • Seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 2,000 to 2,152,000.
December 2009 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
 Unemployment rate 7.3% +0.8 +2.6
 Unemployed 168,000 +12.2% +54.7%
 Employed 2,152,000 -0.1% -2.4%
 Not in the labour force 1,086,000 +0.3% +4.6%
 Labour force participation rate 68.1% +0.1 -0.9

 

Graph, employment dec 05 - dec 09 Graph, Unemployment

 

Geoff Bascand 4 February 2010
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0487
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