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Increased employment levels resulted in 7.1 million extra hours worked per week (+9.4%) in Q2 2022 compared to Q2 2021

Table 2.1 Labour Force Survey Summary Results
IndicatorQ2 2022 Annual change 1
Employed persons aged 15-89 years2,554,600 +205,500
Employment rate for those aged 15-64 years73.5% +4.9 pp
Unemployed persons aged 15-74 years119,900-64,200
Unemployment rate for those aged 15-74 years4.5% -2.8 pp
In labour force2,674,500 +141,300
Not in labour force1,424,800-57,900
1 pp refers to percentage point change


  • There were 2,554,600 persons aged 15-89 years in employment in Q2 2022. This represents an increase of 205,500 (+8.7%) over the year from Q2 2021.
  • The employment rate for persons aged 15-64 years was up from 68.6% to 73.5% over the year to Q2 2022.
  • Of those who were in employment in Q2 2022, an estimated 187,200 (7.3%) were absent from work during the reference week (i.e. temporarily absent from work for reasons such as holidays, sick leave or maternity leave). This compares to 220,900 (9.4%) who were absent from work during the reference week in Q2 2021.
  • The estimated total number of hours worked per week in Q2 2022 is 83.0 million hours, up by 7.1 million hours or 9.4% on Q2 2021.


  • There were 119,900 unemployed persons aged 15-74 years in Q2 2022 using ILO criteria, with an associated unemployment rate for those aged 15-74 of 4.5%, down from 7.3% in Q2 2021.
  • The unemployment rate among those aged 15-24 years was 11.4% in Q2 2022, down from 21.1% in Q2 2021.
  • The Monthly Unemployment release published on 04 August 2022 includes the latest monthly unemployment rates and monthly unemployment volumes up to July 2022; please see the Monthly Unemployment release for more information.

Labour Force

  • The estimated Labour Force (i.e., the sum of all persons aged 15-89 years who were either employed or unemployed) stood at 2,674,500 in Q2 2022, up by 5.6% (141,300) from Q2 2021.
  • The estimated participation rate in Q2 2022 was 65.2%, up from 63.1% in Q2 2021.
  • The number of persons outside the Labour Force, according to ILO criteria, was 1,424,800.

See Press Statement and Labour Force Survey Presentation Quarter 2 2022 (PPT 1,580KB)


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