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

Labour force characteristics by age group and sex, seasonally adjusted
  December
2023
January
2024
Standard error1 December 2023 to January 2024 January 2023 to January 2024 December 2023 to January 2024 January 2023 to January 2024
  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 32,952.8 33,078.3 ... 125.5 1,007.9 0.4 3.1
Labour force 21,568.7 21,586.9 32.5 18.2 514.7 0.1 2.4
Employment 20,324.9 20,362.2 32.1 37.3 345.2 0.2 1.7
Full-time employment 16,652.2 16,640.6 42.1 -11.6 226.6 -0.1 1.4
Part-time employment 3,672.8 3,721.7 38.9 48.9 118.8 1.3 3.3
Unemployment 1,243.8 1,224.6 25.5 -19.2 169.3 -1.5 16.0
Participation rate 65.5 65.3 0.1 -0.2 -0.4 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.8 5.7 0.1 -0.1 0.7 ... ...
Employment rate 61.7 61.6 0.1 -0.1 -0.8 ... ...
15 to 24 years, both sexes              
Population 4,764.0 4,802.7 ... 38.7 278.2 0.8 6.1
Labour force 3,024.7 3,012.7 18.6 -12.0 38.9 -0.4 1.3
Employment 2,682.0 2,688.8 17.4 6.8 2.6 0.3 0.1
Full-time employment 1,363.2 1,369.4 21.2 6.2 8.3 0.5 0.6
Part-time employment 1,318.8 1,319.4 22.0 0.6 -5.7 0.0 -0.4
Unemployment 342.7 323.9 14.6 -18.8 36.3 -5.5 12.6
Participation rate 63.5 62.7 0.4 -0.8 -3.0 ... ...
Unemployment rate 11.3 10.8 0.5 -0.5 1.1 ... ...
Employment rate 56.3 56.0 0.4 -0.3 -3.4 ... ...
25 years and over, both sexes              
Population 28,188.8 28,275.7 ... 86.9 729.8 0.3 2.6
Labour force 18,544.0 18,574.2 26.1 30.2 475.8 0.2 2.6
Employment 17,642.9 17,673.4 26.5 30.5 342.7 0.2 2.0
Full-time employment 15,288.9 15,271.2 36.1 -17.7 218.3 -0.1 1.5
Part-time employment 2,354.0 2,402.2 32.2 48.2 124.3 2.0 5.5
Unemployment 901.1 900.8 21.1 -0.3 133.1 -0.0 17.3
Participation rate 65.8 65.7 0.1 -0.1 0.0 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.9 4.8 0.1 -0.1 0.6 ... ...
Employment rate 62.6 62.5 0.1 -0.1 -0.4 ... ...
25 years and over, men              
Population 13,863.1 13,909.8 ... 46.7 389.3 0.3 2.9
Labour force 9,789.6 9,806.9 17.1 17.3 265.5 0.2 2.8
Employment 9,303.0 9,325.7 17.8 22.7 200.3 0.2 2.2
Full-time employment 8,509.4 8,493.5 23.6 -15.9 111.4 -0.2 1.3
Part-time employment 793.6 832.1 19.8 38.5 88.7 4.9 11.9
Unemployment 486.6 481.2 15.1 -5.4 65.2 -1.1 15.7
Participation rate 70.6 70.5 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.0 4.9 0.2 -0.1 0.5 ... ...
Employment rate 67.1 67.0 0.1 -0.1 -0.5 ... ...
25 years and over, women              
Population 14,325.7 14,365.8 ... 40.1 340.4 0.3 2.4
Labour force 8,754.3 8,767.3 18.3 13.0 210.3 0.1 2.5
Employment 8,339.9 8,347.7 18.3 7.8 142.4 0.1 1.7
Full-time employment 6,779.5 6,777.6 26.8 -1.9 106.8 -0.0 1.6
Part-time employment 1,560.4 1,570.1 24.7 9.7 35.6 0.6 2.3
Unemployment 414.4 419.5 14.5 5.1 67.8 1.2 19.3
Participation rate 61.1 61.0 0.1 -0.1 0.0 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.7 4.8 0.2 0.1 0.7 ... ...
Employment rate 58.2 58.1 0.1 -0.1 -0.4 ... ...
25 to 54 years, both sexes              
Population 15,698.4 15,765.6 ... 67.2 513.5 0.4 3.4
Labour force 13,931.7 13,972.9 24.9 41.2 418.1 0.3 3.1
Employment 13,262.1 13,265.2 26.1 3.1 278.2 0.0 2.1
Unemployment 669.5 707.7 19.3 38.2 139.9 5.7 24.6
Participation rate 88.7 88.6 0.2 -0.1 -0.3 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.8 5.1 0.1 0.3 0.9 ... ...
Employment rate 84.5 84.1 0.2 -0.4 -1.0 ... ...
25 to 54 years, men              
Population 7,885.8 7,923.1 ... 37.3 284.8 0.5 3.7
Labour force 7,264.5 7,279.4 16.0 14.9 235.9 0.2 3.3
Employment 6,903.5 6,908.9 17.4 5.4 168.3 0.1 2.5
Unemployment 361.0 370.5 13.9 9.5 67.6 2.6 22.3
Participation rate 92.1 91.9 0.2 -0.2 -0.3 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.0 5.1 0.2 0.1 0.8 ... ...
Employment rate 87.5 87.2 0.2 -0.3 -1.0 ... ...
25 to 54 years, women              
Population 7,812.6 7,842.4 ... 29.8 228.6 0.4 3.0
Labour force 6,667.2 6,693.5 18.0 26.3 182.2 0.4 2.8
Employment 6,358.6 6,356.3 18.5 -2.3 109.9 -0.0 1.8
Unemployment 308.5 337.2 13.3 28.7 72.3 9.3 27.3
Participation rate 85.3 85.4 0.2 0.1 -0.1 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.6 5.0 0.2 0.4 0.9 ... ...
Employment rate 81.4 81.1 0.2 -0.3 -0.9 ... ...
55 years and over, both sexes              
Population 12,490.3 12,510.1 ... 19.8 216.4 0.2 1.8
Labour force 4,612.3 4,601.3 20.9 -11.0 57.7 -0.2 1.3
Employment 4,380.7 4,408.3 21.1 27.6 64.6 0.6 1.5
Unemployment 231.5 193.0 10.5 -38.5 -6.9 -16.6 -3.5
Participation rate 36.9 36.8 0.2 -0.1 -0.2 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.0 4.2 0.2 -0.8 -0.2 ... ...
Employment rate 35.1 35.2 0.2 0.1 -0.1 ... ...
55 years and over, men              
Population 5,977.3 5,986.7 ... 9.4 104.5 0.2 1.8
Labour force 2,525.1 2,527.5 14.0 2.4 29.5 0.1 1.2
Employment 2,399.5 2,416.8 14.3 17.3 31.9 0.7 1.3
Unemployment 125.7 110.7 7.7 -15.0 -2.4 -11.9 -2.1
Participation rate 42.2 42.2 0.2 0.0 -0.3 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.0 4.4 0.3 -0.6 -0.1 ... ...
Employment rate 40.1 40.4 0.2 0.3 -0.1 ... ...
55 years and over, women              
Population 6,513.1 6,523.4 ... 10.3 111.8 0.2 1.7
Labour force 2,087.1 2,073.8 14.2 -13.3 28.1 -0.6 1.4
Employment 1,981.3 1,991.4 14.4 10.1 32.5 0.5 1.7
Unemployment 105.9 82.4 7.0 -23.5 -4.4 -22.2 -5.1
Participation rate 32.0 31.8 0.2 -0.2 -0.1 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.1 4.0 0.3 -1.1 -0.2 ... ...
Employment rate 30.4 30.5 0.2 0.1 -0.1 ... ...
...
not applicable
Note(s):
The sum of individual categories may not always add up to the total as a result of rounding.
Source(s):
Report a problem on this page

Is something not working? Is there information outdated? Can't find what you're looking for?

Please contact us and let us know how we can help you.

Privacy notice

Date modified: