6106.0 - Labour Statistics News, Feb 2010  
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On 6 August 2009, the ABS introduced a new measure of hours worked, namely aggregate monthly hours worked, which is the total number of hours worked in Australia in a calendar month. This new measure was introduced in an article Aggregate Monthly Hours Worked in the July 2009 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).

The time series initially released commenced in July 1985, however the series has now been extended back to July 1978. In addition, aggregate hours worked for full-time and part-time employed people has been developed. The extended time series, and full-time/part-time data, will be released in the February 2010 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0). From the March 2010 issue onward, data for broad industry groups will also be available. Investigations into producing data by states and territories, and by age, are continuing. Refer to the article Expansion of aggregate monthly hours worked in the January 2010 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).

For further information on the estimates, including the methodology used to calculate them, refer to Information Paper: Expansion of Hours Worked Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, 2009 (cat. no. 6290.0.55.001), released on 8 September 2009.

For more information please contact Susan Schemen on (02) 6252 5171 or email <susan.schemen@abs.gov.au>.

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