ABS: 6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, May 2012
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Australia's unemployment rate increased 0.2 percentage
points to 5.1 per cent in May 2012
Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate
increased 0.2 percentage points to 5.1 per cent in May, as
announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. There
was also an increase in the labour force participation rate of 0.3
percentage points in May to 65.5 per cent. The ABS reported the
number of people employed increased by 38,900 to 11,537,900 in May.
The increase in employment was driven by increased full-time
employment, up 46,100 people to 8,107,900, and was offset by a
decrease in part-time employment, down 7,200 people to 3,430,100.
The increase in employment was driven by increases in both male and
female full-time employment. The number of people unemployed
increased by 22,400 people to 622,800 in May, the ABS reported. The
ABS monthly aggregate hours worked series showed a decrease in May,
down 4.7 million hours to 1,627.2 million hours.
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