Labour Force Survey, September 2000
Employment rose by an estimated 56,000 in September. This is the second monthly increase, following weakness in the labour market in the early summer. With September's employment gain and a drop of 37,000 in unemployment, the unemployment rate declined 0.3 percentage points to 6.8%.
Employment among adult women was little changed in September from August, but was up 132,000 (+2.3%) compared with September 1999. All the gain consisted of full-time jobs.
Employment among adult men was also little changed in September from August. Since September 1999, employment among adult men has risen 138,000 (+2.0%), almost all of it full-time. The number of unemployed adult men decreased by 23,000 in September from August, pushing the unemployment rate down to 5.5%.
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