Household Labour Force Survey: December 2008 quarter - Revised 20 March 2009 – See attached Erratum

Embargoed until 10:45am  –  05 February 2009
Media release  – 
Unemployment continues to rise

Highlights

  • Seasonally adjusted employment increased by 21,000 to 2,191,000.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.6 percent.
  • The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate increased to 69.3 percent.
  • Seasonally adjusted total actual hours worked per week fell by 0.5 percent.
December 2008 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
 Unemployment rate 4.6% +0.4 +1.2
 Unemployed 105,000 +10.8% +36.8%
 Employed 2,191,000 +0.9% +0.9%
 Not in the labour force 1,015,000 -1.8% -1.0%
 Labour force participation rate 69.3% +0.6 +0.6
 Graph, Employment.    Graph, Unemployment.
Geoff Bascand 5 February 2009
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0487