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The surge of Queensland part-time employment continues - July 2017

Today's labour force data cements a picture of rising employment in the Sunshine State compliments of surging part-time jobs.

In trend terms:

  • Full-time employment rose in the month of July 2017 by 3,300 persons and is up from this time last year by 18,500 persons
  • Total employment increased in July by 8,300 persons and is up by 64,000 persons compared to this time last year.  The steady improvement comes largely as a result of part-time employment up 5,000 persons in July and 45,500 persons across the year.
  • The number of unemployed persons in July remained unchanged but is up by 5,000 persons across the year.
  • The unemployment rate in July remained unchanged at 6.3 per cent and is up marginally from this time last year (6.2 per cent).  Nationally the unemployment rate sits at 5.6 per cent.
  • The participation rate which is a good measure of confidence in the labour market increased from 65.1 per cent in June to 65.2 in July 2017.  The participation is noticeably up on this time last year (64.5 per cent).

In seasonally adjusted terms:

  • Full-time employment decreased in the month of July 2017 by 5,200 persons but is up from this time last year by 4,100 persons
  • Total employment increased in July by 27,000 persons and is up by 64,000 persons compared to this time last year.  The improvement comes as a result of part-time employment up 32,200 persons in July and 59,900 persons across the year.
  • The number of unemployed persons in July decreased by 5,300 persons but is up by 7,600 persons across the year.
  • The unemployment rate in July decreased from 6.5 per cent to 6.2 per cent and is up marginally from this time last year (6.1 per cent). Nationally the unemployment rate sits at 5.6 per cent.
  • The participation rate which is a good measure of confidence in the labour market increased from 65.0 per cent in June to 65.4 in July 2017.  The participation is also noticeably up when compared to this time last year (64.7 per cent).

With the number of jobs up and the unemployment rate down (or unchanged) it was a relatively good month for Queensland.

Having said that I am really wanting to see improvement driven by more reliance on full-time jobs.  Essentially two thirds of employment growth over the past year is the result of part-time jobs.

When you drill down into the data the trend of underemployment continues.  Please see this post which discusses underemployment in Queensland.  In short there are many Queenslanders currently working part-time who are willing, able and are seeking additional hours of employment. 

The challenge before the State is to give those extra hours of work and convert some of these part-time jobs into more secure and satisfactory (from the point of view of meeting cost of living expenses) full-time jobs.

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