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Latest Highlights                 2017

In 2017, the working age population (aged 15 years & over) was 328.5 thousand.

The labour force participation rate was 62.7 per cent.

Employment totaled 186.9 thousand.

The unemployment rate was 9.3 per cent.
More details ...   REPORT OF SUMMARY FINDINGS LABOUR FORCE SURVEY 2017       MEDIA RELEASE
                          
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Summary Data

​ ​ Labour Force Survey 2014 ​ Labour Force Survey 2017 ​
Number (persons)
Distribution
(%)​
​Number
(persons)
Distribution
(%)​
Working age population (15+)
  ​Male
  Female
310,400
159,700
150,700

100.0​
51.4
48.6

328,500
165,200
163,400
​100.0
50.3
49.7
Labour Force (15+)
  Male
  Female
203,600​
115,700
87,900

100.0​
56.8
43.2

206,100
113,800
92,300
100.0​
55.2
44.8
Employment (15+)
  Male
  Female
189,500​
108,500
81,000

​100.0
57.3
42.7

186,900
103,800
83,100
100.0
55.5
44.5
Unemployment (15+)
  Male
  Female
14,100
7,200
​6,900

100.0​
51.1
48.9

19,200
10,000
9,200
​100.0
52.1
47.9
Unemployment (18-59)
  Male
  Female
13,500
7,000​
6,500

100.0
51.8
48.2​
18,400
9,700
8,700​
100.0
52.9
47.1​
Outside Labour Force (15+)
  Male
  Female
106,800​
44,000
62,800

100.0​
41.2
58.8

122,500​
51,400
71,100
100.0
42.0
58.0

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