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Household Labour Force Survey: March 2012 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  03 May 2012
Key facts

In the March 2012 quarter compared with the December 2011 quarter:

  • The employment rate rose 0.3 percentage points, to 64.2 percent.
  • The number of people employed increased by 9,000.
  • The unemployment rate rose 0.3 percentage points, to 6.7 percent.
  • The number of people unemployed increased by 9,000.
  • The labour force participation rate rose to its second-highest rate ever, 68.8 percent.

All figures are seasonally adjusted.

March 2012 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
(000)  (Percent) 
Unemployed 160 +6.1 +3.1
Employed 2,230 +0.4 +0.9
Not in the labour force 1,086 -1.7 +0.1
Working-age population 3,477   0.0 +0.8 

 

(Percent)  (Percentage points) 
Unemployment rate 6.7 +0.3 +0.1
Employment rate 64.2 +0.3 +0.1
Labour force participation rate 68.8 +0.6 +0.2
 
 Graph, unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, quarterly, March 2008 to March 2012.  Graph, employment rate, seasonally adjusted, quarterly, March 2008 to March 2012.
                                 

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

3 May 2012
ISSN 1178-0487

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