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Latest Highlights                 2018

In 2018, the working age population (aged 15 years & over) was 337.9 thousand.

The labour force participation rate was 65.4 per cent.

Employment totaled 201.7 thousand.

The unemployment rate was 9.3 per cent.

More details ...   REPORT OF SUMMARY FINDINGS LABOUR FORCE SURVEY 2018       MEDIA RELEASE
                          
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Summary Data

​ ​ Labour Force Survey 2017 Labour Force Survey 2018
Number (persons)
Distribution
(%)​
​Number
(persons)
Distribution
(%)​
Working age population (15+)
  ​Male
  Female
328,500
165,200
163,400

100.0
50.3
49.7

337,900
177,000
160,900

100.0
52.4
47.6
Labour Force (15+)
  Male
  Female
206,100
113,800
92,300

100.0
55.2
44.8

221,000
128,800
     92,200
100.0
58.3
41.7
Employment (15+)
  Male
  Female
186,900
103,800
83,100

100.0
55.5
44.5

201,700
118,800
82,900
100.0
58.9
41.1
Unemployment (15+)
  Male
  Female
19,200
10,000
9,200

​100.0
52.1
47.9

19,200
9,900
9,300

100.0
51.6
48.4
Unemployment (18-59)
  Male
  Female
18,400
9,700
8,700


100.0
52.9
47.1
18,600
9,500
9,100​
100.0
51.1
48.9​
Outside Labour Force (15+)
  Male
  Female
122,500
51,400
71,100

100.0
42.0
58.0

117,000
48,300
68,700
100.0
41.3
58.7

 
Note: Data may not add up to the total due to rounding.