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Employment Rate Up in September 2009

published  First Published: 08/10/2009
Article written by: Nigel Brookson
Total employment rose by 40,600 to 10.806 million in September, seasonally adjusted, and signals an end to recession fears.
 
Full-time employment rose by 35,400 to 7.590 million in the month and part-time employment was up by 5,200 to 3.216 million.
 
The participation rate in September was 65.2 per cent, compared with 65.1 per cent in August.
 
The median market forecast was for total employment to have declined by 10,000 in September, an unemployment rate of 6.0 per cent and a participation rate of 65.1 per cent.
 
The ABS report also showed that aggregate hours worked by employed people in Australia rose by 0.9 per cent per cent in September, seasonally adjusted.
 
This followed a fall of 0.3 per cent in August.
 
Aggregate hours worked were down by 1.4 per cent from September 2008.
 
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