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

Labour force characteristics by age group and sex, seasonally adjusted
  April
2024
May
2024
Standard error1 April to May 2024 May 2023 to May 2024 April to May 2024 May 2023 to May 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 33,364.2 33,461.8 ... 97.6 1,096.0 0.3 3.4
Labour force 21,828.5 21,883.0 32.5 54.5 652.3 0.2 3.1
Employment 20,491.1 20,517.8 32.1 26.7 402.3 0.1 2.0
Full-time employment 16,750.6 16,715.0 42.1 -35.6 262.5 -0.2 1.6
Part-time employment 3,740.5 3,802.9 38.9 62.4 139.9 1.7 3.8
Unemployment 1,337.4 1,365.1 25.5 27.7 250.0 2.1 22.4
Participation rate 65.4 65.4 0.1 0.0 -0.2 ... ...
Unemployment rate 6.1 6.2 0.1 0.1 0.9 ... ...
Employment rate 61.4 61.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.9 ... ...
15 to 24 years, both sexes              
Population 4,891.5 4,920.8 ... 29.3 327.4 0.6 7.1
Labour force 3,110.4 3,132.3 18.6 21.9 143.4 0.7 4.8
Employment 2,712.4 2,737.5 17.4 25.1 72.7 0.9 2.7
Full-time employment 1,388.6 1,369.4 21.2 -19.2 38.3 -1.4 2.9
Part-time employment 1,323.8 1,368.1 22.0 44.3 34.4 3.3 2.6
Unemployment 398.0 394.8 14.6 -3.2 70.6 -0.8 21.8
Participation rate 63.6 63.7 0.4 0.1 -1.4 ... ...
Unemployment rate 12.8 12.6 0.5 -0.2 1.8 ... ...
Employment rate 55.5 55.6 0.4 0.1 -2.4 ... ...
25 years and over, both sexes              
Population 28,472.7 28,541.0 ... 68.3 768.6 0.2 2.8
Labour force 18,718.1 18,750.7 26.1 32.6 509.0 0.2 2.8
Employment 17,778.7 17,780.3 26.5 1.6 329.5 0.0 1.9
Full-time employment 15,362.0 15,345.6 36.1 -16.4 224.1 -0.1 1.5
Part-time employment 2,416.7 2,434.7 32.2 18.0 105.4 0.7 4.5
Unemployment 939.4 970.3 21.1 30.9 179.3 3.3 22.7
Participation rate 65.7 65.7 0.1 0.0 0.0 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.0 5.2 0.1 0.2 0.9 ... ...
Employment rate 62.4 62.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.5 ... ...
25 years and over, men              
Population 14,016.6 14,053.3 ... 36.7 414.3 0.3 3.0
Labour force 9,904.2 9,943.0 17.1 38.8 342.0 0.4 3.6
Employment 9,391.6 9,412.7 17.8 21.1 225.5 0.2 2.5
Full-time employment 8,571.1 8,587.0 23.6 15.9 189.6 0.2 2.3
Part-time employment 820.5 825.7 19.8 5.2 35.9 0.6 4.5
Unemployment 512.5 530.3 15.1 17.8 116.5 3.5 28.2
Participation rate 70.7 70.8 0.1 0.1 0.4 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.2 5.3 0.2 0.1 1.0 ... ...
Employment rate 67.0 67.0 0.1 0.0 -0.4 ... ...
25 years and over, women              
Population 14,456.1 14,487.7 ... 31.6 354.3 0.2 2.5
Labour force 8,813.9 8,807.7 18.3 -6.2 167.0 -0.1 1.9
Employment 8,387.1 8,367.6 18.3 -19.5 104.1 -0.2 1.3
Full-time employment 6,790.9 6,758.6 26.8 -32.3 34.5 -0.5 0.5
Part-time employment 1,596.2 1,609.0 24.7 12.8 69.5 0.8 4.5
Unemployment 426.8 440.0 14.5 13.2 62.8 3.1 16.6
Participation rate 61.0 60.8 0.1 -0.2 -0.3 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.8 5.0 0.2 0.2 0.6 ... ...
Employment rate 58.0 57.8 0.1 -0.2 -0.7 ... ...
25 to 54 years, both sexes              
Population 15,915.0 15,968.1 ... 53.1 557.5 0.3 3.6
Labour force 14,152.2 14,143.2 24.9 -9.0 465.3 -0.1 3.4
Employment 13,426.5 13,394.9 26.1 -31.6 313.4 -0.2 2.4
Unemployment 725.7 748.3 19.3 22.6 151.9 3.1 25.5
Participation rate 88.9 88.6 0.2 -0.3 -0.2 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.1 5.3 0.1 0.2 0.9 ... ...
Employment rate 84.4 83.9 0.2 -0.5 -1.0 ... ...
25 to 54 years, men              
Population 8,007.1 8,036.5 ... 29.4 312.4 0.4 4.0
Labour force 7,387.9 7,404.7 16.0 16.8 301.2 0.2 4.2
Employment 6,992.7 7,001.3 17.4 8.6 197.0 0.1 2.9
Unemployment 395.3 403.4 13.9 8.1 104.1 2.0 34.8
Participation rate 92.3 92.1 0.2 -0.2 0.1 ... ...
Unemployment rate 5.4 5.4 0.2 0.0 1.2 ... ...
Employment rate 87.3 87.1 0.2 -0.2 -1.0 ... ...
25 to 54 years, women              
Population 7,908.0 7,931.6 ... 23.6 245.1 0.3 3.2
Labour force 6,764.2 6,738.6 18.0 -25.6 164.2 -0.4 2.5
Employment 6,433.8 6,393.6 18.5 -40.2 116.4 -0.6 1.9
Unemployment 330.4 345.0 13.3 14.6 47.9 4.4 16.1
Participation rate 85.5 85.0 0.2 -0.5 -0.5 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.9 5.1 0.2 0.2 0.6 ... ...
Employment rate 81.4 80.6 0.2 -0.8 -1.1 ... ...
55 years and over, both sexes              
Population 12,557.7 12,572.9 ... 15.2 211.1 0.1 1.7
Labour force 4,565.9 4,607.4 20.9 41.5 43.6 0.9 1.0
Employment 4,352.2 4,385.4 21.1 33.2 16.1 0.8 0.4
Unemployment 213.7 222.0 10.5 8.3 27.4 3.9 14.1
Participation rate 36.4 36.6 0.2 0.2 -0.3 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.7 4.8 0.2 0.1 0.5 ... ...
Employment rate 34.7 34.9 0.2 0.2 -0.4 ... ...
55 years and over, men              
Population 6,009.5 6,016.8 ... 7.3 101.8 0.1 1.7
Labour force 2,516.3 2,538.3 14.0 22.0 40.8 0.9 1.6
Employment 2,399.0 2,411.4 14.3 12.4 28.5 0.5 1.2
Unemployment 117.3 127.0 7.7 9.7 12.5 8.3 10.9
Participation rate 41.9 42.2 0.2 0.3 0.0 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.7 5.0 0.3 0.3 0.4 ... ...
Employment rate 39.9 40.1 0.2 0.2 -0.2 ... ...
55 years and over, women              
Population 6,548.2 6,556.1 ... 7.9 109.3 0.1 1.7
Labour force 2,049.6 2,069.1 14.2 19.5 2.7 1.0 0.1
Employment 1,953.2 1,974.0 14.4 20.8 -12.3 1.1 -0.6
Unemployment 96.4 95.1 7.0 -1.3 15.0 -1.3 18.7
Participation rate 31.3 31.6 0.2 0.3 -0.5 ... ...
Unemployment rate 4.7 4.6 0.3 -0.1 0.7 ... ...
Employment rate 29.8 30.1 0.2 0.3 -0.7 ... ...
...
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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