Gradual Increase In Part-Time Employment

Gradual Increase In Part-Time Employment

Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Shift To Part-Time Employment Continues

Victor P Taffa

Monthly trend employment in Australia increased slightly in September 2016, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

In September 2016, trend employment increased by 3,900 persons to 11,959,500 persons, a monthly growth rate of 0.03 %.

This is down from the monthly employment growth peak of 0.28 % in September 2015.

Trend part-time employment growth continued, with an increase of 11,800 persons, while full-time employment decreased by 7,900 persons.

“The latest Labour Force release shows further increases in part-time employment. There are now 130,000 more persons working part-time than in December 2015, while the number working full-time has decreased by 54,100 persons.” Program Manager of ABS’ Labour and Income Branch, Jacqui Jones said.

Trend monthly hours worked increased by 2.2 Million hours (0.1 %), though it is still below the high in December 2015.

Trend unemployment rate decreased slightly (by less than 0.1 percentage points) to 5.6 %, and the participation rate decreased 0.1 percentage points but remained steady at 64.7 % in rounded terms.

Trend series smooth the more volatile seasonally adjusted estimates and provide the best measure of the underlying behaviour of the labour market.

Seasonally adjusted number of persons employed decreased by 9,800 in September 2016.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2016 decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 5.6 %, and the seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 64.5 %.