Table 1 
Labour force characteristics by age group and sex, seasonally adjusted 

Labour force characteristics by age group and sex, seasonally adjusted
  November
2023
December
2023
Standard error1 November to December 2023 December 2022 to December 2023 November to December 2023 December 2022 to December 2023
  thousands (except rates)thousands (except rates)thousands (except rates) change in thousands (except rates)change in thousands (except rates) % change% change
15 years and over, both sexes              
Population 32,878.6 32,952.8 ... 74.2 945.5 0.2 3.0
Labour force 21,553.0 21,557.8 31.6 4.8 632.0 0.0 3.0
Employment 20,312.5 20,312.6 30.7 0.1 430.3 0.0 2.2
Full-time employment 16,663.6 16,640.1 40.7 -23.5 324.2 -0.1 2.0
Part-time employment 3,648.9 3,672.5 37.1 23.6 106.1 0.6 3.0
Unemployment 1,240.4 1,245.2 24.8 4.8 201.8 0.4 19.3
Participation rate 65.6 65.4 0.1 -0.2 0.0 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.8 5.8 0.1 0.0 0.8 ... ...
Employment rate 61.8 61.6 0.1 -0.2 -0.5 ... ...
15 to 24 years, both sexes              
Population 4,739.7 4,764.0 ... 24.3 254.4 0.5 5.6
Labour force 3,028.4 3,026.4 18.0 -2.0 60.0 -0.1 2.0
Employment 2,676.4 2,683.6 16.9 7.2 4.6 0.3 0.2
Full-time employment 1,365.3 1,362.7 20.2 -2.6 -9.7 -0.2 -0.7
Part-time employment 1,311.1 1,320.8 21.0 9.7 14.2 0.7 1.1
Unemployment 352.0 342.8 13.9 -9.2 55.4 -2.6 19.3
Participation rate 63.9 63.5 0.4 -0.4 -2.3 ... ...
Unemployment rate 11.6 11.3 0.4 -0.3 1.6 ... ...
Employment rate 56.5 56.3 0.4 -0.2 -3.1 ... ...
25 years and over, both sexes              
Population 28,138.8 28,188.8 ... 50.0 691.1 0.2 2.5
Labour force 18,524.6 18,531.4 25.3 6.8 572.0 0.0 3.2
Employment 17,636.2 17,629.0 25.5 -7.2 425.6 -0.0 2.5
Full-time employment 15,298.4 15,277.4 35.0 -21.0 333.9 -0.1 2.2
Part-time employment 2,337.8 2,351.7 30.9 13.9 91.9 0.6 4.1
Unemployment 888.4 902.4 20.3 14.0 146.4 1.6 19.4
Participation rate 65.8 65.7 0.1 -0.1 0.4 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.8 4.9 0.1 0.1 0.7 ... ...
Employment rate 62.7 62.5 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 ... ...
25 years and over, men              
Population 13,835.6 13,863.1 ... 27.5 367.8 0.2 2.7
Labour force 9,781.5 9,777.6 16.4 -3.9 315.3 -0.0 3.3
Employment 9,293.5 9,291.2 17.2 -2.3 235.1 -0.0 2.6
Full-time employment 8,498.6 8,499.8 23.2 1.2 177.2 0.0 2.1
Part-time employment 794.9 791.4 19.2 -3.5 57.9 -0.4 7.9
Unemployment 487.9 486.4 14.5 -1.5 80.2 -0.3 19.7
Participation rate 70.7 70.5 0.1 -0.2 0.4 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.0 5.0 0.1 0.0 0.7 ... ...
Employment rate 67.2 67.0 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 ... ...
25 years and over, women              
Population 14,303.2 14,325.7 ... 22.5 323.2 0.2 2.3
Labour force 8,743.1 8,753.9 17.9 10.8 256.8 0.1 3.0
Employment 8,342.6 8,337.9 17.8 -4.7 190.7 -0.1 2.3
Full-time employment 6,799.7 6,777.6 26.0 -22.1 156.6 -0.3 2.4
Part-time employment 1,542.9 1,560.3 24.0 17.4 34.0 1.1 2.2
Unemployment 400.5 416.0 14.0 15.5 66.1 3.9 18.9
Participation rate 61.1 61.1 0.1 0.0 0.4 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.6 4.8 0.2 0.2 0.7 ... ...
Employment rate 58.3 58.2 0.1 -0.1 0.0 ... ...
25 to 54 years, both sexes              
Population 15,662.0 15,698.4 ... 36.4 475.3 0.2 3.1
Labour force 13,906.5 13,918.7 23.8 12.2 450.5 0.1 3.3
Employment 13,231.2 13,247.8 25.1 16.6 343.5 0.1 2.7
Unemployment 675.3 670.9 18.5 -4.4 107.0 -0.7 19.0
Participation rate 88.8 88.7 0.2 -0.1 0.2 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.9 4.8 0.1 -0.1 0.6 ... ...
Employment rate 84.5 84.4 0.2 -0.1 -0.4 ... ...
25 to 54 years, men              
Population 7,864.9 7,885.8 ... 20.9 263.5 0.3 3.5
Labour force 7,234.9 7,251.8 15.2 16.9 261.2 0.2 3.7
Employment 6,866.6 6,891.1 16.6 24.5 196.3 0.4 2.9
Unemployment 368.3 360.7 13.3 -7.6 64.9 -2.1 21.9
Participation rate 92.0 92.0 0.2 0.0 0.3 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.1 5.0 0.2 -0.1 0.8 ... ...
Employment rate 87.3 87.4 0.2 0.1 -0.4 ... ...
25 to 54 years, women              
Population 7,797.1 7,812.6 ... 15.5 211.8 0.2 2.8
Labour force 6,671.6 6,666.9 17.5 -4.7 189.3 -0.1 2.9
Employment 6,364.6 6,356.8 18.0 -7.8 147.3 -0.1 2.4
Unemployment 307.0 310.1 12.7 3.1 42.0 1.0 15.7
Participation rate 85.6 85.3 0.2 -0.3 0.1 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.6 4.7 0.2 0.1 0.6 ... ...
Employment rate 81.6 81.4 0.2 -0.2 -0.3 ... ...
55 years and over, both sexes              
Population 12,476.8 12,490.3 ... 13.5 215.7 0.1 1.8
Labour force 4,618.1 4,612.7 20.2 -5.4 121.5 -0.1 2.7
Employment 4,404.9 4,381.2 20.4 -23.7 82.2 -0.5 1.9
Unemployment 213.2 231.5 10.0 18.3 39.4 8.6 20.5
Participation rate 37.0 36.9 0.2 -0.1 0.3 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.6 5.0 0.2 0.4 0.7 ... ...
Employment rate 35.3 35.1 0.2 -0.2 0.1 ... ...
55 years and over, men              
Population 5,970.8 5,977.3 ... 6.5 104.3 0.1 1.8
Labour force 2,546.5 2,525.7 13.5 -20.8 54.0 -0.8 2.2
Employment 2,426.9 2,400.1 13.8 -26.8 38.8 -1.1 1.6
Unemployment 119.6 125.7 7.3 6.1 15.3 5.1 13.9
Participation rate 42.6 42.3 0.2 -0.3 0.2 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.7 5.0 0.3 0.3 0.5 ... ...
Employment rate 40.6 40.2 0.2 -0.4 0.0 ... ...
55 years and over, women              
Population 6,506.0 6,513.1 ... 7.1 111.4 0.1 1.7
Labour force 2,071.6 2,087.0 13.9 15.4 67.5 0.7 3.3
Employment 1,978.0 1,981.1 13.8 3.1 43.3 0.2 2.2
Unemployment 93.5 105.9 6.6 12.4 24.1 13.3 29.5
Participation rate 31.8 32.0 0.2 0.2 0.5 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.5 5.1 0.3 0.6 1.0 ... ...
Employment rate 30.4 30.4 0.2 0.0 0.1 ... ...
...
not applicable
Note(s):
The sum of individual categories may not always add up to the total as a result of rounding.
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