How is the figure of 5.6%, or 137000 unemployed arrived at? Why is this figure almost three times the number of people on the unemployment benefit?
The answer is that the department of statistics has a number of households that they regularly monitor. Once a quarter they contact these households and ask if there is anyone living there that is looking for work. Not necessarily the main income earner, or even someone looking for full time work. But it may include a person who is currently working on a casual basis and may want another full time job.
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