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Budget Paper No.6 1997/98 Northern Territory Economy



Budget Paper No.6 1997/98 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled Papers for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




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contributing factors to the Territorys employment increase. Nationally, full-time employment increased by 0.5% while part-time employment was up 3.6%, resulting in an overall increase of 1.3% during 1996-97. The slowing of national employment growth reflects the fact that the recovery of employment lost during the latest recession has been completed. Employment estimates exclude members of the permanent defence forces and therefore do not encompass the continued expansion of the defence force presence in the Territory. As at 31 December 1996, there were 3 100 permanent defence force personnel based in the Territory, representing an increase of 100 since 31 December 1995 or 1 214 since June 1989. A significant proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Territory are employed under the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program which is being administered by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. Participants in the CDEP program partake in development initiatives in their community in return for a wage equivalent to unemployment benefits. There were approximately 6 854 CDEP participants at 31 December 1996. In 1996, overtime hours worked per employee and the percentage of employees working overtime in the Territory increased by 65.5% and 6.8%, compared to 1995. A similar increase in overtime hours worked occurred in 1993 after which a period of strong employment growth ensued. In 1996 the national average number of overtime hours worked per employee and percentage of employees working overtime decreased by 4.7% and 0.8% respectively. Employment Growth (annual change in 1996-97) 0 4 8 12 Total Full-time Part-time Northern Territory Australia Source: ABS Cat. No. 6202.0, NT Treasury estimate % Figure 5.2 Table 5.1 Employment by Industry NT Aust Industry % % Accommodation, Recreation, Personal and Other Services 20.3 10.5 Wholesale and Retail 16.9 20.9 Community Services 16.4 16.2 Public Administration and Defence 10.9 4.5 Property and Business Services 8.4 9.7 Construction 7.7 7.2 Transport and Communication 7.3 6.7 Mining 4.1 1.1 Manufacturing 3.3 13.4 Rural Industries 2.3 5.1 Finance 1.8 3.8 Electricity, Gas & Water 0.6 0.9 Source: ABS Cat. No. 6202.0 Labour Market 28

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