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Household Labour Force Survey: December 2012 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  07 February 2013
Key facts

In the December 2012 quarter compared with the September 2012 quarter:

  • The unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points, to 6.9 percent.
  • The number of people unemployed decreased by 10,000 people (down 6.0 percent). 
  • The employment rate fell 0.8 percentage points, to 62.6 percent.
  • The number of people employed decreased by 23,000 (down 1.0 percent). 
  • The labour force participation rate fell 1.2 percentage points, to 67.2 percent.
  • The number of people in the labour force decreased by 33,000.

All figures are seasonally adjusted.

December 2012 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
(000)  (Percent) 
Unemployed 163 -6.0 +6.8
Employed 2,194 -1.0 -1.4
Not in the labour force 1,149 +3.8 +4.4
Working-age population 3,506 +0.3 +0.8 

 

(Percent)  (Percentage points) 
Unemployment rate 6.9 -0.4 +0.5
Employment rate 62.6 -0.8 -1.4
Labour force participation rate 67.2 -1.2 -1.2
 
Graph, Unemployment rate, quarterly, December 2008 to December 2012. Graph, Employment rate, quarterly, December 2008 to December 2012.
 

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

7 February 2013
ISSN 1178-0487

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